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May 2015 Archives

Why physician bullies are a threat to patient safety

Over the past several years, the media has done an increasingly satisfactory job of reporting on the plague of bullying that seems to be sweeping the nation. For the most part, this discussion understandably centers on the bullying that kids and teens face while at school and while interacting with their peers online. However, bullies come in all shapes and sizes, in all ages, genders and professions.

Massive defective airbag recall widened

We recently wrote about the hazards of imperfect airbag timing. We observed that because the activation of an airbag is essentially a controlled explosion, an airbag’s activation timing must be precise. If an airbag is deployed too quickly, too slowly or is activated at a time other than the exact moment of a collision’s impact, motorists and their passengers can suffer grave injuries as a result of this imperfect timing.

The hazards of imperfect airbag timing

Airbags can literally save your life in the event that you are ever involved in a motor vehicle accident. However, defective airbags could also cause you significant harm, should you ever find yourself riding in a motor vehicle outfitted with improperly timed airbag releases. The very physics that enable airbags to save lives can also cause people to lose them if the bags are defective, if they are improperly timed or if passengers exposed to airbag releases are too young to come in contact with them safely.

Manhattan the scene of yet another tragic construction accident

Exactly two weeks ago, Manhattan was the scene of a truly horrific construction accident involving a crane attached to a flatbed truck. While the results of the investigation by the Department of Buildings are still pending, it is believed that the hydraulics on the flatbed somehow malfunctioned, fatally pinning a worker to the ground.

Understanding the hazards of treadmills

Many Americans have been understandably shocked by the news that Facebook COO and notable author of “Lean In” Sheryl Sandberg recently became a widow when her husband died after falling off of a treadmill and hitting his head. Sandberg’s husband, who was the CEO of SurveyMonkey, was not an elderly person. Unfortunately though, even young and healthy individuals can suffer serious injuries while using treadmills.

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