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Don’t Get Struck!

It’s always a good idea to review safety rules, especially when around equipment that could seriously injure or kill. Following is a safety checklist from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for preventing “struck-by” injuries. Struck-by dangers can involve objects ejected from a power tool, such as a nail gun, as well as rolling, moving or sliding objects, such as a moving vehicle. Here we cover the latter. Heavy equipment •    Stay away from heavy equipment in operation, and keep track of its location,     even if it’s not in use. •    Remain outside the swing radius of cranes and backhoes. •    Stay clear...

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Starr Austen & Miller Suspects the JOBS Act could Lead to Fraud Against Lay Investors

Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced an alert to the public today regarding upcoming changes in 2013 to private offerings laws with the recent enactment of the JOBS Act. The JOBS Act, formally known as the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. According to Forbes, this Act has been heralded by many proponents as a way for small business owners and entrepreneurs to have more access to funding opportunities and to gather capital which can help them grown their businesses, and as a...

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Garfield Park Pool Chemical Spill Or Leak Causes Many To Go To Hospital

On June 21, 2012 around 2:00 p.m., there was a chemical spill or leak at the Garfield Park Aquatic Center, located at 2345 Pagoda Drive, in Indianapolis, Indiana's Southside. The Garfield Park public pool is a popular destination for kids and adults alike, such as on a hot day such as this. Although some reports are calling the problem to be a chemical leak or spill, at least one report from Shari Patton, a parent of three children swimming at the pool, described the incident as an "explosion." Of course, this story is still developing, so it remains to be seen...

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At Least One Injured In Two Semi Crash On I-70 In Hancock County

On June 14, 2012, around 7:50 a.m., two semis crashed around mile marker 99, on westbound I-70 between the Indiana 9 and Mount Comfort Road exits, located west of Greenfield, Indiana, in Hancock County. Indiana State Police report that one semi-truck was stopped in traffic as another approached it from behind. According to the report, the driver of the second semi hit the brakes, but knew he would not be able to stop in time so he swerved off the road, but the back of the semi crashed into the stopped semi sitting in traffic. One person was airlifted from the crash...

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Eugene McCall, Katherine Metzcus, Amber Garner and Keith Halicky Injured In Fatal Crash On Borman Expressway During Rush Hour

On June 12, 2012, at the beginning of rush hour on I-80 in Gary Indiana, DeAndre K. Perry, age 22, from Mishawaka, was driving a moving van which stalled in the middle right lane of the four lane interstate. Then, an unknown semitrailer side-swiped the driver’s side of the stalled vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Joshua Garner, 20, of Griffiths, Indiana, was driving his 1998 Dodge Dakota extended cab pickup, traveling west on I-80, at 4:59 p.m., west of Central Avenue, near the stalled truck. With his four passengers in the vehicle Garner attempted to change lanes, and in the process rear-ended the...

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Jacqueline Jansing Plus 1 Year Old Passenger Injured In Accident On U.S. 421 At State Road 47

On June 15, 2012, at approximately 1:40 p.m. Jacqueline Jansing and her one year old passenger were headed northbound on U.S. 421 in a Chevy S-10 pickup truck when they were hit, head on, by a vehicle driven by 17 year old Jordan Franklin. The accident occurred on U.S. 421 at around State Road 47, in Boone County, Indiana. Franklin had been heading southbound on U.S. 421, headed back to Fishers, Indiana, from a church camp in Clinton County. From preliminary reports it is believed that his vehicle veered off the road for an unknown reason, and then he overcorrected, thereby...

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Dennis C. Schulze Injured On Borman Expressway In Two Semi Crash

As reported by Chicago Sun Times, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on June 20, 2012, a crash between two semis occurred on the eastbound side of the Borman Expressway, near Cline Avenue, close to the Illinois-Indiana border, but on the Indiana side of the line. As a result one of the drivers, Dennis C. Schulze, driver of one of the semi-trucks, has life-threatening injuries and had to be airlifted from the scene. From the initial Indiana State Police report it is currently believed that an off-duty police officer stopped a suspected drunk driver, 21-year-old Ronald E. Blankenship, of Gary Indiana, on the...

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Starr Austen & Miller Investigating Toyota & General Motors Door Fires

Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to certain vehicles manufactured by Toyota and General Motors, both of which have had several complaints of door fires resulting from faulty power window switches in the driver’s side door, which may overheat and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation recently announced that it had upgraded its investigation of certain Toyota models to an engineering analysis, which is not yet a recall, but can precede one. Specifically, over 1.4...

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OSHA Fall Protection Training – Keeping it Interesting and Memorable

Regulations about falls by employees working at heights can be dull stuff when employers are trying train employees. But nothing could be more important. Employers need to keep the training interesting, keep employees engaged and, in so doing, keep them safe. When conducting training, employers need to boil down the main messages from the mass of regulatory words. Here are a few snippets of some OSHA requirements employees should know: • 1910.23(b)(1): Every wall opening from which there is a drop of more than 4 feet shall be guarded...

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What is Carrier Liability?

Liability is a key issue when common carriers, such as buses, trucks, and taxicabs, are involved in collisions. These carriers serve upon reasonable demand by those using their services.  They are expected to uphold a high standard of care for the persons and properties they are entrusted with. Common carriers are also limited to incidental damages for breach of duty. Because bus companies, truck companies, and taxicab companies know these issues, such enterprises quickly respond when accidents happen. On the other hand, an individual or individuals involved in an automobile accident, especially one who has been injured, may not immediately respond...

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