Year: 2017

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An article published by the Wall Street Journal has questioned the integrity of the Joint Commission’s accreditation system. According to the article, the Joint Commission rarely revokes its seal of approval for hospitals who are not in compliance with federal safety rules. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit organization that accredits an…

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A new report released by the Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General suggests that many cases of severe nursing home abuse are never reported to the authorities. According to the Inspector General, 134 cases of physical or sexual abuse at nursing homes during 2015 were severe enough to…

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a recommendation to SEPTA and the Federal Railroad Administration that calls for the installation of cameras on all rail-transit vehicles. According to the NTSB, inward and outward-facing cameras could help determine what crewmembers were doing in the moments before a train crash….

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Some vehicles have hazards that are not picked up by recalls. In some cases, these hazards may only become public knowledge after they have already caused serious injuries or deaths. Power car windows for example. According to KidsandCars.org, powered windows have killed or maimed thousands of children. A recent case…

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The owner of Sprouts Philly Kids Daycare & Gym faces several criminal charges related to the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, police became aware of the alleged assaults in late July after complaints were levied with the Philadelphia Department of Human…

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Ford has issued a recall for 116,796 trucks and SUVs because the bolts in the seat, seatbelt or seatbelt buckles may fracture. According to Ford, bolt fractures can harm the structural integrity of the seat or the seatbelt’s performance during a crash or sudden stop. The following vehicle models are…

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An average of 12 children per day are treated in emergency rooms for theme park injuries. Fortunately, most incidents are minor. However, there are some instances where theme park accidents cause horrific injuries or wrongful death. For example, there was an incident last year where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated…

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A 52-year-old port worker was killed in South Philly earlier this month after a shipping container fell on his truck. According to law enforcement, the fatal workplace accident occurred at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Officials with Philadelphia Regional Port Authority said that a piece of equipment knocked the shipping container loose…