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August 2013 Archives

Report ranks the deadliest American jobs

The future is never certain. Every day, Americans who work in jobs they believe to be completely safe are hurt or killed while performing their duties. However, it is far more likely that individuals working in certain industries will be hurt on the job than will employees who regularly engage in desk work, teach and entertain for a living.

Update: NYPD crash investigation reform efforts

Earlier this month, many New York City residents became deeply frustrated when they learned that a taxi driver who had run into several pedestrians and a cyclist would not be charged criminally in regards to the incident. Though the Manhattan district attorney is now investigating the taxi cab accident and may still choose to bring criminal charges against the driver, the public remains outraged because the authorities’ initial response to this accident is not an anomaly.

Five years of consumer safety progress under the CPSIA

Five years ago this month, the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was passed by Congress and signed into law. Since that time, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been granted increased resources and authority to recall dangerous and defective products from the American marketplace. Though this law has only been a part of the American consumer culture for five years, it has dramatically changed product safety in the U.S. for the benefit of consumers both young and old.

Consumer desires influencing auto safety feature availability

It has often been said that in a capitalist society, the consumer is king. Of course, this statement is overly simplistic and is not always true. However, there are situations in which it seems like a bold statement of fact. We write frequently about the ways in which distracted driving is plaguing America’s highways and surface streets. Federal regulators, automakers and technological giants are now working continually to reduce the prevalence of distraction-related motor vehicle accidents. However, their efforts are being guided primarily by the principle that the consumer is king.

When an ICU stay results in post traumatic stress disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition most often associated with combat veterans, accident victims and victims of violent crime. However, PTSD can develop as a result of any kind of significantly traumatic experience. Recent studies indicate that due to a variety of factors including hospital negligence, severe pain, disorientation and/or respiratory failure, up to 35 percent of patients who have been hospitalized in an intensive care unit (ICU) experience symptoms of PTSD as a result of their hospitalization.

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