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The Spokesman-Review reports that the Washington Supreme court has upheld the $6.5 million wrongful death and negligence judgment against CH2M Hill, an engineering company, that the court ruled was responsible for the death of one Spokane sewer plant workers and the injuries to two others in a 2004 construction accident.

The Spokane sewer plant accident killed Mike Cmos when a tank imploded and Cmos was buried in sludge. Two other city workers, Dan Evans and Larry Michaels were injured in the accident.

In 2008, the Superior Court Judge Robert Austin ruled that CH2M Hill was negligent in its design changes to the digester. He ordered a wrongful death settlement of $2.6 million to be paid to Cmos estate; $2 million to Cmos’ widow; $650,000 to Cmos’ daughter. He also ordered payment to Evans for the broken bones he suffered and to Michaels for his serious knee injury.

CH2M Hill appealed the decision all the way to the Washington Supreme Court which upheld the Superior Court decision with six justices signing the majority opinion and three justices signing a concurrence opinion.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed. We have more than 30 years experience successfully representing clients with their wrongful death claims.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering toughening the standards for table saws in the wake of 40,000 injury accidents per year which includes approximately 4,000 amputations.

Table saw injuries often involve the fingers or the hands but they can also involve the forearm and elbow. Table saw accidents often involve damage to muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments.
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Consumer advocates are calling for safety standards for table and bench saws while table saw manufacturers object to increased rules because it will increase the cost of the product.

According to the CPSC, 80% of table saw accidents occur at home while the remaining 20% occur in woodworking classes and in construction accidents.

Consumer groups want manufacturers to use a technology called SawStop which is a detection system that will stop the blade whenever it comes into contact with human skin. Demonstrations of the SawStop technology is impressive as the saw stops in 5 milliseconds after accidental contact. Videos on YouTube showing saws with the SawStop technology stopping a saw blade when it comes into contact with a hot dog. See a video here.

In 1965, Ralph Nader published a book, Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile, which pioneered the inclusion of safety features in automobiles despite the resistance by car manufacturers because they didn’t want to spend the money. We see a parallel with here with the table saw manufacturers. Hopefully, the table saw manufacturers will improve their products because 40,000 injury accidents are too many
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed. We also represent people with their product liability claims.

Source:
Consumer group calls for action to make table saws safer
Seattle PI.com By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Spec
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22 construction workers were injured when the freight elevator they were riding in fell four floors in the Bed, Bath & Beyond building in Chelsea, New York.

According to a report on ABC News, the elevator malfunctioned and fell from the fourth floor to the basement. A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said the cause of the malfunction was a defective brake. The building owner was issued a citation for failing to maintain the elevator.

In what must have been a terrifying accident, none of the injured suffered life-threatening injuries. However, 22 of the workers suffered “whiplash-like” injuries in the fall according to The New York Times.

States regulate the safety of elevators, escalators, moving walks and dumbwaiters and prescribe an inspection schedule. WAC 296-96-00650 prescribes the elevators rules in Washington.

Whiplash injuries are a common injury suffered in car accidents. It refers to the hyperflexion/hyperextension injury or “cervical strain/sprain.” It is caused when the head snaps backwards and the movement of the neck is greater than the normal range of motions of the neck muscles.

A whiplash injury can be very serious and require treatment over a period of time. In some cases, this healing process can take six months or more.

The injured construction workers in this accident might very well have a legitimate negligence claim against the building owner since the building owner was cited. They would be well-advised to obtain the counsel of a personal injury attorney.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and slip/trip/fall accidents and the family of those killed.

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A woman, who was driving under the influence of under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run charges in the death of William A. Padilla,51 a tow truck driver from Burien. She will be sentenced on May 20 and she faces a prison sentence of between 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 years.

Shavelle M. Lewis was 20-years-old when she hit Padilla as he work preparing to tow a 2000 Chrysler Sebring on an entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 5. After hitting Padilla, Lewis fled the accident scene but was apprehended a short time later.

Even at her young age, Lewis had previous criminal history including prostitution.

Vehicular Homicide, RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person dies as a result of a motor vehicle accident and the motorist was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without regard to the safety of others.

Every year, tow truck drivers and other first responders are seriously injured or killed when they are struck by other cars and trucks while they are on the job. This is a double tragedy as tow trucks workers help stranded motorists.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by drunken drivers and the family of those killed. We are uniquely qualified to assist those families who loved ones have died in on-the-job accidents.

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The Seattle Times reports that a East Bremerton man from was killed in a car jack accident on Sunday afternoon.

According to the report, the accident occurred around 4PM in the 3100 block of Aegean Boulevard Northeast. Apparently the car slipped of the jack and crushed the man.

The man’s girlfriend and a neighbor used a second jack to raise the Honda off of the man but he was dead from crushing injuries.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that approximately 10,000 people are injured every year in accidents involving hoists or jacks. Car jack accidents happen when people are repairing cars or trucks or changing tires.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm that represent people who have been injured due to the negligence of others including in work-related accidents, auto accidents and slip, trip and fall accidents.

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As a Bellevue personal injury attorney representing patients who have suffered serious burn injuries, we are happy to see a breakthrough in the treatment of burn injuries.

A new burn wound dressing promises to help wounds heal up to 40% faster than other dressings. Developed in New Zealand by Dr. Azam Ali, the new dressing is bio-based and uses materials low-volume protein sources from New Zealand sheep wool and it accelerates wound healing and tissue growth.

The new dressing could greatly help people who have severe burn injuries due to acid or fire.

A winner of the Bayer Innovation of the Year Award in 2010, the new product is especially valuable in the developing world where ra materials would allow for lower cost manufacturing.

Congratulations to Dr. Azam Ali whose research on utilizing and re-engineering bio-based materials provides hope and healing to burn victims. With more than one million burn injuries every year in the United States and thousands occurring in Washington state, fire and burn injuries are the firth leading cause of accidental or preventable death.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have serious burn injuries including those who were injured in car accidents and in industrial accidents.

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Three workers were killed and a fourth suffered critical injuries when the shuttle van they were riding in was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train on Wednesday afternoon at a Kelso train crossing.

Killed in the accident were two BNSF employees, Chris Loehr, 28, and Tom Kenny, 58. The shuttle van driver, Steven Sebastian, 60, who worked for Coach America, was also killed in the train accident.

The injured man is Dwight Hauck, 52, who is described as a veteran conductor. The Columbian reports that he is in critical condition at Oregon Health Science University.

The train accident occurred around 4:30pm. The van was ferrying the men to a motel after their shift and was hit as it crossed a set of tracks. The crossing where the van was hit was a private one and was marked with an X-shaped warning sign but there were no barrier crossings.

The Federal Railroad Administration reported that that there were 1,650 accidents/incidents on BNSF tracks in 2010 resulting in 134 fatalities and 1,014 injuries. 80 fatalities involved railroad crossing accidents.

BNSF officials are investigating this tragic accident. In the course of their investigation they will determine whether the crossing had an inadequate warning sign or if other factors contributed to the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident or a railroad cross accident then contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 to obtain a free consultation from a train accident attorney on your case.

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Bremerton police report that a 39-year-old construction worker was seriously injured in a construction accident on the Manette Bridge project around 8:00am on Saturday morning.

The man suffered a life-threatening head injury when he was struck in the head by a wench while working beneath the bridge. The man was either on a small tug or a barge at the time of the on-the-job accident.

The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by life flight helicopter.

The Washington state office of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident because it occurred on-the-job. An employer must report to L&I any accident which results in in-patient hospitalization or results in death within 8 hours of the accident.

Almost half of all work-place injury accidents occur to workers under the age of 45 While worker’s compensation covers some costs, in the case of serious injury, disability or death, the family of the injured should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney who can insure the worker’s rights are protected.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.

Source:
Worker seriously injured in accident at Manette Bridge construction site
Kitsap Sun Reported by: Rachel Pritchett Mar 5, 2011
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The Washington Bureau of Labor and Industries is investigating the death of Allen Clifford, 69, of Sedro-Woolley, who was found crushed to death under his truck’s rear wheel.

The Peninsula Daily News reports the on-the-job accident occurred in an industrial park south of Port Townsend. According to the report, Clifford had phoned in a report of truck trouble around 6:00am Wednesday morning from Sunshine Propane. An employee of Sunshine found Clifford crushed under the truck’s rear wheel at 7:44am.

The Bureau of L&I is investigating the industrial accident since it occurred in the course of Clifford’s employment.

Clifford’s family will most likely be entitled to his workers’ compensation benefits.

The family may be well-advised to contact an experienced workers compensation attorney who has experience with third-party claims and wrongful death. A personal injury attorney representing the family can look into what caused the fatal workplace accident. A Washington skilled personal injury attorney can help maximize net compensation to the victim’s family.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in on-the-job accidents and the family of those killed.

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The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries issued their report for Workplace Deaths Report for 2010 which found that the number of people killed in work-related accidents and assaults increased in 2010.

In 2010, 86 men and women were killed on-the-job which is a significant increase from the 65 fatalities reported in 2009.

L&I Drector, Judy Schurke, said:

Last year was a difficult one for worker safety, and this report demonstrates that. Behind these numbers are grieving families and traumatized co-workers. It is only with the continuing cooperation of labor, business and safety and health professionals that we can hope to prevent future deaths like these from happening.

In 2010 there were seven workers killed in the Tesoro refinery explosion in Anacortes, Washington. This was a great tragedy for the state especially as the investigation found that these deaths were preventable.

There were 20 job-related deaths among farm workers, fishing industry workers and loggers in 2010. Seven farm workers died in tractor-rollover accidents. These accidents may have been prevented if safety practices and maintenance had been adhered too.

2010 found a decline in workplace homicides and suicides. There were only seven last year compared to 20 in 2009.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have died in on-the-job accidents and construction accidents.  At The Farber Law Group, our lawyers are familiar with worker’s compensation laws and laws regarding 3rd parties. While money cannot fully compensate for a serious and debilitating injury or the loss of a loved one, compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings can help insure a stable future for you and your family. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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