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January 2012 Archives

Disagreement about sleep apnea and trucking accidents

In our last post we discussed the decision of two safety advisory boards to recommend sleep apnea testing for obese truckers. The hope is that a robust sleep apnea testing program will reduce the number Massachusetts truck accidents linked to driver fatigue.

Sleep apnea linked to truck accident fatalities

Truck driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of Massachusetts truck accidents. Many truck drivers are paid for every mile that they travel and therefore go significant distances without adequate rest breaks. Two government safety advisory boards view sleep apnea as a major contributing factor in fatigued driver truck accidents. That is why the boards recently recommended that obese truck drivers be subjected to sleep apnea testing before they travel on local roads.

Pedestrian hit by WHDH-owned SVU on I-93

Authorities say that a pedestrian sustained life-threatening personal injuries after a WHDH-TV cameraman hit the pedestrian on I-93. The accident happened on Tuesday around 2:30 a.m. and it is unclear why the pedestrian stopped his car on the highway and exited his vehicle. WHDH-TV reports that the cameraman was driving a station-owned SVU and that he was uninjured.

Wrong-way I-93 car accident leads to police chase

Chaos broke out on Interstate 93 on Monday afternoon after a wrong-way driver caused a multiple-vehicle car accident. Authorities say that 48-year-old Reading man caused the accidents around noon on Monday. The man was allegedly speeding away from a police sergeant who noticed that the man was driving a Dodge Caravan that was reported stolen from Medford's Grava Chrysler.

Lt. Gov. Murray addresses his November car accident

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray made news when was involved in a car accident in which he totaled his state-owned car two months ago. Murray issued a statement on Monday asking his political supporters to ignore "false rumors" surrounding the serious car accident.

Elderly woman involved in Lynn pedestrian accident

Lynn police officers are looking for information about a hit-and-run driver who hit a 68-year-old woman yesterday afternoon. Authorities say that the woman was critically injured after a SUV ran her over around 5 p.m. on Lynnfield Street. The woman had just gotten off of a MBTA bus and was crossing the street when this pedestrian accident happened.

Fall accidents can end a construction worker's career

A construction worker does not have to fall from great heights to sustain career-ending neck or back injuries. Falls from construction site scaffolding happen all the time and scaffolding accident injuries often leave workers unable to support their families. There are many causes of construction site falls including structural collapses, improper use of ladders and scaffolding, unskilled construction and electrical hazards. An experienced Boston personal injury attorney can help individuals who experience falls from scaffolding or ladders to hold those responsible accountable for their negligence.

PVC piping explosion injures manufacturing worker

We are generally responsible for our own personal safety but shouldn't we be able to expect that our workplaces are safe? Unfortunately this expectation is misplaced for many Boston-area manufacturing employees because many facilities shirk their duty to provide safe equipment and hazard free environment. Industrial injuries leave many workers seriously disabled every year and workers' compensation may not be enough to cover all of the needs of an injured worker.

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