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March 2011 Archives

Tom Tupa wins Maryland workers' compensation case

Workers' compensation is a system that is designed to compensate workers for workplace injuries. Professional athletes who are injured make the news all the time, but it is not very often that an injury to a professional athlete makes the news because of a workers' compensation case. However, an injury to an NFL player has recently done just that.

The Triangle Shirtwaist fire and 100 years of workers' rights

One hundred years ago this week, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist textile factory proved to be one of the most devastating industrial accidents in American history. The fire began on March 25, 1911, when textile scraps stored on the factory floor caught fire. Without adequate fire protection and fire escapes, 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women, died in the fire. Newspaper readers were shocked to read accounts of some workers who leapt, holding hands, from the ninth story to certain death in order escape the inferno. As is often the case, great tragedy proved to bring about great change.

Bicycle accident puts Johns Hopkins student in coma

In our February 12 post, we discussed the problems of pedestrian accidents in Baltimore. Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian always have the potential to be devastating for a pedestrian. The pedestrian typically has no padding or protection that can absorb the impact of a collision.

Semi-trailer bumpers prone to failure

Whenever a car collides with a truck, the potential for serious bodily injury is great. Rear-end collisions involving a truck and a passenger vehicle pose the most significant risks of all. In this type of truck accident, the passenger vehicle's hood can slide under the trailer and the trailer can crush the passenger compartment of the car. Truck underride accidents in the United States result in the death of more than 350 people per year and there is valid cause for concern that not enough has been done to prevent these deaths.

Lawmakers seek to cut OSHA budget

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor and it is best known as the workplace safety watchdog in the federal government. It was established in the early 1970s with a mission to prevent injuries, fatalities and illnesses from occurring in the workplace.

Maryland worker injured at wastewater treatment plant

An employee of a wastewater treatment facility in Frederick County needed to be flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following an accident that left him injured and trapped in a confined space for an extended period of time.

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