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September 2013 Archives

Philadelphia escalator safety

Philadelphia users of the near-ubiquitous escalator may have heard recent horror stories about riders injured or killed by the moving staircases. Escalators have ripped a big toe from a child in Singapore, have threw off dozens of users in Washington D.C. and strangled a sushi chef to death when his hoodie got caught in the works at a landing platform.

PA legislators seek bills to help childhood sex abuse victims sue

A couple weeks ago, we wrote that California legislators were attempting to pass a bill that would temporarily suspend the statute of limitations for cases of childhood sexual abuse. The legislation seeks to allow victims who suffered sexual abuse as a child to file lawsuits even if they are outside the statute of limitations.

Former nursing home employee on trial for alleged patient abuse

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about the fact that dental hygiene is often overlooked or neglected in nursing homes. As the population of elderly Americans increases, nursing homes in Pennsylvania and across the nation find themselves with inadequately sized staffs. As such, important care gets neglected. 

Philadelphia Mayor to implement sweeping regulatory changes

In the wake of a high-profile deadly demolition accident, the mayor of Philadelphia is preparing the city to implement sweeping changes to the regulations of building demolition. In addition to the regulatory changes, according to the mayor, every currently active demolition site will be inspected for safety.

Pennsylvania church collapse leads to OSHA investigation

A Pennsylvania man lost his life on Oct. 9 in the accidental collapse of a church in Luzerne County. Holy Name-St. Mary's Church was in the process of being torn down when tragedy struck. Neighbors and former parishioners were on hand to watch the demolition's progress when, suddenly, the building began to teeter on its foundation and then collapse.

Lawmakers challenge statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases

Sexual abuse of children is an issue that is hard to think about and even harder to discuss. The children who become victims of this vile and inexcusable crime may be affected by it for decades without even consciously remembering that it happened. The trauma may be so intense that they repress the memory of it, only to have it surface years later.

Pa. man killed in riding mower accident

A Pittsburgh-area man was killed Friday, Aug. 30, in an accident involving a riding mower. The accident, which occurred in Lawrence County around 6 p.m., was reported when someone called 911 after an individual flipped over on his mower. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. An accident such as this may result in a product liability claim. If, for instance, the mower was a defective product or had an insufficient warning, the survivor's family could possibly have a valid case against the negligent manufacturer.

Dental hygiene often a major area of neglect in nursing homes

Life expectancy in the U.S. has gone up significantly over the past century. While this is a positive change overall, it has also created problems for families and healthcare facilities alike. Specifically, more elderly adults must now be put into nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Many of these patients are suffering from dementia and other age-related mental illnesses.

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