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Common causes of brain injury in kids

A severe head injury to a child is the biggest fear for many parents. It can be a toddler who falls down the stairs or teen who is hurt playing sports. So many took more than a passing interest when a study on traumatic brain injury (TBI) was recently published. It found that 72% of non-fatal traumatic brain injuries involve commercial products.

Defending your business against a slip-and-fall claim

As a property owner, you know there are certain things you must do to protect your clients, visitors or tenants from harm. For example, having appropriate fire escapes and smoke detectors can save lives in the event of a fire. You may also take special care to avoid hazards that would cause someone to slip or trip and take a bad fall. Above all, you carry adequate insurance in case such an accident occurs despite your precautions.

3-year-old drowns in a grease trap

The news of a three-year-old boy who fell into a grease trap and died captured the attention of local and national news outlets. The tragic story involves a little boy running across a plastic manhole-sized lid in a grassy area adjacent to a Tim Hortons restaurant located in Rochester, New York. The lid cracked and broke under the child’s weight. Despite determining that the boy had fallen in the grease trap within a few minutes of the incident, the boy drowned.

Safety advocates fight plan to ease truck driver regulations

Safety advocates warn that a Department of Transportation plan to loosen rules over the number of hours a truck driver can work may put all drivers at higher risk on U.S. highways. The Associated Press reports the trucking industry has long fought to see the federal guidelines relaxed with help from the current administration.

Seven motorcyclists die in accident

A driver of a commercial pick-up truck pulling a flatbed trailer made a fatal error on June 21 when he allowed his vehicle to veer across the yellow line and into the oncoming lane occupied by ten motorcyclists. Seven in the group, known as the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, subsequently died and left two others injured.

Administration looks to loosen regulations on truckers’ hours

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking to ease restrictions on the number of hours that truck drivers can work in a workday. Taking its lead from a Trump administration that has a close relationship with the trucking industry, the governing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) would make it legal for truck drivers to drive longer than the mandated 11 hours after ten consecutive hours off duty. There is also a call to eliminate a 30-minute rest period if a driver is on duty for eight straight hours.

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