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How Airbags Work, And How They Can Fail

Millions of the safety devices have turned deadly. It's been a brutal year for motorists and for an industry safeguard that was, until now, seen as an unmitigated lifesaver. Last spring, several automakers began recalling vehicles because their airbag supplier, Takata Corp., had shipped bags with botched inflators. It turns out the inflators can send shrapnel spewing through a cabin with such force that they leave victims with what police have said look like gunshot and stab wounds. (In one case, cops actually started a homicide investigation.) Global giants like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, and Pontiac were forced to recall 19...

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Studies Show Tired Employees are the Most Prone to Accidents

What Causes Worker Fatigue? Several factors including too little, poor quality or interrupted sleep over a period of time can cause fatigue. Fatigue is the body's signal that a rest period is needed.  Long work hours and extended and irregular shifts may be stressful physically, mentally and emotionally. The body operates on a circadian rhythm sleep/wake cycle. It is naturally programmed for sleeping during night hours. Demanding work schedules may disrupt the body's natural cycle, leading to increased fatigue, stress and lack of concentration. What are the Effects of Demanding Work Schedules? Long work hours and extended and irregular shifts may lead to fatigue and...

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Stagehands Injured by Falling Debris in Midtown Theater

Falling debris injured three stagehands, one critically, inside a theater in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday morning. Emergency crews responded to the scene outside the Golden Theatre on 45th Street just after 11 a.m.The stagehands were working on a catwalk in the rear of the theater when the accident happened. They were taken to area hospitals. One victim was in critical condition, while the other two suffered moderate injuries. [ABC7]...

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App Alerts Consumers to Dangerous Products

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a recall app that alerts people when a product has been declared defective and recalled. The country’s chief product safety regulator created the app to make recall information more accessible to consumers and. The app is just one part of the CPSC’s efforts to make the recall communication process more modern, and the CPSC is hoping to encourage manufacturers to develop marketing strategies for recalls so consumers will know right away that a product they’ve bought or used is unsafe. With this app, the CPSC is hoping that consumers will be more likely to...

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Law Firm Can’t Toss Woman’s $25M Fraud Suit

A Manhattan federal judge refused Friday to toss a $25 million fraud suit targeting Weitz & Luxenberg brought by a woman who says the plaintiffs firm took on her 20-year-old breast implant injury case against Bristol-Myers Squibb but allowed it to be dismissed without telling her. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein set up a briefing schedule that would allow counsel for Beverly J. Ezra to amend her claims against the law firm, the $99 billion pharmaceutical giant and its Medical Engineering Corp. subsidiary, already named as defendants in a related case. The judge indicated he was inclined to let Bristol-Myers out of the case after...

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