A Closer Look at Pool-Related Dangers Facing Children

Maybe you have a pool. Perhaps your neighbor does. You might even have a swimming oasis that’s accessible to everyone in your Philadelphia community. After all, as of 2015, Pennsylvania was home to nearly 130,000 in-ground and almost 140,000 above-ground pools, according to figures from The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. In other words, […]

Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series Philly Drivers Warned by NHTSA

Getting into your own or someone else’s vehicle? Do yourself a favor and quickly check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) site. What you may not realize is that thousands of cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and motorcycles are being operated at great risk to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and motorists because of disregarded recalls. […]

Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series Philly Drivers Warned by NHTSA

More than 57 million cars on the road have unrepaired defects, according to Carfax. The owners of these vehicles have either ignored recall notices or aren’t aware of the recalls, some of which are life-threatening. The Carfax report says that light trucks and minivans account for the largest number of unrepaired vehicles, and those are […]

Is the U.S. Headed the Wrong Way on Pedestrian Safety?

A recent analysis in The Washington Post reported that pedestrian fatalities have increased by 46 percent since 2009. In 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians in the United States died after being struck by vehicles. That year was also the deadliest for Philadelphia pedestrians since 2012, with 44 fatalities and 74 serious injuries. This spike in fatalities […]

Asbestos in Philly Schools Is an Outright Crisis

It’s not uncommon to see the lingering effects of asbestos exposure in older adults who worked in construction, for railroads, around shipyards, or on aircraft. However, it’s shocking to learn that our own Philadelphia youth may one day deal with asbestosis or mesothelioma simply because they received an education at district schools. A recent The […]

Patient Safety Organization Lists Diagnostic Errors as Top Concern

ECRI Institute, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization that focuses on safety and quality in medical patient care, lists diagnostic error as its top concern for patient safety in 2018. The Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2018 is based on reported incidents, member requests for information, and input from experts. But, the report notes, […]

Patients’ Skepticism About Medical Treatment Is Warranted

Dr. Vinita Parkash, professor of pathology at Yale School of Medicine, recently wrote a commentary featured in WBUR-Boston’s opinion section, Cognoscenti. In the commentary, she recalls a mistake she made earlier in her career: She failed to identify cancer cells when examining a tissue sample from a 42-year-old woman. That woman later died of cancer. […]

May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration designates each May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to highlight motorcycle safety, as more motorcyclists are out during warmer weather. Even though May is almost over, drivers should continue to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, because in more than half of crashes involving both […]

Investigators Determine Cause of 2016 Philly-Area Train Crash

“Deficient safety management across many levels of Amtrak” was the cause of a train crash in Chester that killed two workers and injured 39 passengers, according to The National Transportation Safety Board. The crash occurred in April 2016, when a southbound Amtrak train struck a backhoe on the track, killing two railroad workers. Last month, […]

Trucking Industry Struggling to Comply with ELD Mandate

Despite laws limiting drive time for commercial truckers, hours-of-service violations have been an ongoing problem in the trucking industry. Some fleet owners encourage drivers to “fudge” their driving logs, so they can work more hours than legally allowed. And some drivers who are paid by the hour tamper with their records so they can earn […]