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Are Defective Toy Injuries on the Rise?

As we get closer to the holiday season, we would like to inform our readers of a sharp rise in toy-related injuries. The most recent edition of Clinical Pediatrics reports that injuries from toys have increased by 40 percent from 1990 to 2011. On average, about every three minutes a toy hurts a child. More than half of these victims are under the age of six. This rise in injuries should be a call to action to make toy companies more accountable for injuries that their toys cause. Why Are Toys Recalled? Defective toys are recalled all the time. However, it is not always easy to know if a toy you have bought for your child has been recalled. The following are common traits of dangerous toys and why they should be recalled: Defective design or manufacturing defect Failure to honor warranties Flammable or explosive toys Inadequate warnings to deter…
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How Common Are Train Accidents in Texas?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a person or vehicle gets involved in a train accident every two hours. In 2012, Texas accounted for 106 of these accidents. Additionally, Politico reports that certain kinds of train accidents are becoming more common, specifically oil-train accidents, because of a rise in crude-by-rail. As Texas is arguably the premier oil state in the nation, these accidents may become more common for us than for other states, as oil is transferred from our ports or oilfields to the interior of our country. The speed and size of trains make stopping difficult, requiring about a mile to stop completely to avoid hitting an unaware vehicle or pedestrian. In addition, due to the weight of trains, accidents involving them can be catastrophic. What Causes Train Accidents? Train-to-vehicle collisions can occur for many reasons. Common train accidents can occur due to these forms of negligence: Defective…
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What is the Rate of Texas Workplace Injuries?

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has released new information on the Texas workplace injury and illness rate for the year 2013. Overall, the statistics show a decrease in both injuries and illness. Here are a few of the interesting statistics from the report: Non-fatal injuries decreased from 2.7 per 100 full-time workers in 2012 to 2.6 in 2013. The national average is 3.4. Private industry saw a decrease in nonfatal injuries and illnesses of 3 percent. Natural resources and mining had a 10 percent decrease in nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Agriculture, fishing, forestry and hunting saw a huge increase of 33 percent. While professional services, business services, transportation and warehousing saw increases between 10 to 15 percent in their fields. In all the industry sectors in the report, retail had the highest nonfatal injury and illness rate per 100 full-time employees with a rate of 4.1. Other sectors…
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