Danger in Tow - Driving with rented risks.
U-Haul International is the nation's largest provider of rental trailers. A Los Angeles Times investigation finds the company's practices raise the risk of accidents on the road.
This in-depth article is the first in a 3 part series. "Times reporters Alan C. Miller and Myron Levin reviewed thousands of pages of court records, police reports and other documents on U-Haul operations and accidents. They interviewed more than 200 people, including about 60 current and former U-Haul employees and dealers. They spoke at length with senior U-Haul executives and toured company facilities in Phoenix." (About this series.)
posted by The Deej
on Jun 24, 2007 -
“Oh, I took the roofs road"
--just one of the fascinating things at a new Iraq blog--Inside Iraq-- daily life in a war zone through the words of Iraqi journalists in McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau as they risk so much each day to survive. These are unedited first hand accounts of their experiences. Their complete names have been withheld for security reasons.
posted by amberglow
on Jan 17, 2007 -
Recombinant Activated Factor VII
--the Food and Drug Administration said that giving it to patients with normal blood could cause strokes and heart attacks... the Army's faith in the $6,000-a-dose drug is based almost entirely on anecdotal evidence and persists despite public warnings and published research suggesting that Factor VII is not as effective or as safe as military officials say. ...
posted by amberglow
on Nov 21, 2006 -
Eject! Eject! Eject!
Whether used in the air
, on land
, at sea
it), or on the way
to the Moon, ejection seats
have saved thousands
of aviators worldwide
. The basic concept
was first tested in 1912
, developed by the Germans
in WWII, and became standard safety equipment in high-speed
jet and rocket aircraft. (Although ejection seats
were in Gemini spacecraft
, they were only in early Space Shuttle flights
.) Much happens very quickly during ejection
, and harrowing accidents
and pilot deaths
still occur. The decision not to eject right away may be heroic, but even pilots who wait may live while innocent bystanders^
die. However, the efforts of dedicated researchers
and rocket sled testing
by seat manufacturers
keep adding new members
to the unique club
of men and women who survive to fly again.
posted by cenoxo
on Aug 28, 2006 -
Workplace health and safety dirty dozen
(pdf) - profiles of companies that have demonstrated egregious disregard for worker safety. Today is Worker Memorial Day
, commemorating workers who die on the job - an average of 16 per day. Workplace deaths are trending up, not down, which, according to an extensive report by the AFL-CIO, is the inevitable Toll of Neglect
with this administration's rollback of worker protections. Confined Space
offers a daily view of work safety issues in the U.S. for those who would like to learn more.
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 28, 2006 -
Safety of In-Flight Cell Phone Use
Airlines are currently preparing to allow use of cell phones for in-flight calling. A Carnegie-Mellon study raises interesting questions about potential interference with critical avionics.
posted by docpops
on Mar 14, 2006 -
Bush has put the production of coal
above the safety of coal miners. As is sadly demonstrated in the two recent mining disasters
. They even went so far as to remove Clinton era safety regulations
and then had the audacity
to claim that resource production and "other priorities
" took precedence. These budget cuts
come at a time when coal prices have gone up 30% and led to huge profits for the coal industry. Sound like any other resource industry you know. /*hint OIL!
hint*/ Once again the government has favored the big corporation over the little guy to disastrous results. Is the death of miners and the death of soldiers worth our reliance on fossil fuels?
posted by stilgar
on Jan 24, 2006 -
For interrupting an NFL game,
weathercaster George Flickinger
was fired last week by Clear Channel owned KOKI Fox 23 of Tulsa. The reason? Breaking into the Seahawks-Giants game to warn the public during the wildfires
[PDF] of November 27. The fires engulfed 50 homes and prompted the governor to declare an emergency
the next day. Flickinger's termination was confirmed in the Tulsa World
newspaper, unfortunately they want $7 for the article
posted by rolypolyman
on Jan 13, 2006 -
This is not good news.
U.S. health officials have issued a warning about possible birth defects in infants born to women who take the antidepressant Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy.
posted by lilboo
on Sep 29, 2005 -
Pro-forma nuclear safety
is harder than ever to sell. There's ass-kissing to the sci-fi community
(.pdf, download it), the instructional video
(warning, boring .wmv, > 12 mins long). But...
The design lifetimes of Yucca Mountain
and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
won't protect future generations
from groundwater absorbing transuranic waste (Pu239 and like toxins, deadly when ingested for 240,000 years).
Do you have this stuff in your back yard today
, and how will it get there safely?
On top of that, the capacity problem
, which looks intractable as long as we keep relicensing plants.
If I didn't know better, I assume the only way the government could succeed in getting this done would be to hoodwink
posted by nj_subgenius
on Apr 4, 2005 -
A Confessional for Pilots
- To improve aviation safety in America, NASA runs the ASRS
, a service that collects voluntary, anonymous reports on aviation-related goofs in exchange for certain immunities and suggestions of clemency
. Every month selected reports are published in the Callback newsletter
, showcasing the full spectrum of factors that lead flyers to bad decisions: distraction, bad habits, overconfidence, poor planning, "get-home-itis", and on and on...
posted by tss
on Feb 28, 2005 -
The Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.
'This site includes selected information on a terrible and unnecessary tragedy involving the death of many young working women in a New York City sweatshop at the beginning of the 20th century and the resulting investigations and reforms. '
posted by plep
on Jul 22, 2004 -
Tonight (or tomorrow night, ymmv) marks the 2nd Annual Ride of Silence
, a solemn testament to those that have been injured or killed while biking on the roads. Begun last year in Dallas in tribute to local ultramarathoner Larry Schwartz
, it began as a one-time tribute. Apparently, there was enough National interest to make this an annual event, and this year more than 50 cities
in the U.S. and Canada are participating.
posted by Ufez Jones
on May 18, 2004 -
D.H.S. - The Series. "... a multimillion-dollar episodic series, will explore the inner workings of the Department of Homeland Security, teaming the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, and National Security Administration (NSA) together with "first responders" such as local police, fire and safety administrators."
The series is being pitched to prospective networks today
and has the full support of President Bush and Tom Ridge. "They love it. They think it is fantastic," say the series' producers at Steeple Productions, located in the Seventh-Day Adventist
Community of Zillah, Washington
. Not familiar with Steeple Productions
? Well, perhaps you might find their four-episode "Creation Vs Evolution
" series enlightening.
posted by grabbingsand
on Feb 27, 2004 -
OSHA to whistleblowers: bankers' hours only
- Why would part of OSHA's Inspection Database restrict public access to 8 am to 6 pm est, M-F? Confined Space, a workplace health & safety and labor blog, reports on this odd phenomena here
. OSHA claims that this is to "manage the costs of providing public access to this data." Huh? Can anyone tell me how that would work? I can't ask OSHA since they apparently disable their feedback mechanism
on weekends too.
posted by madamjujujive
on Feb 21, 2004 -
The End of the Deep End.
Citing safety reasons, North American cities are abolishing
the standard public swimming pool that many of us grew up with. The deep ends of existing pools are being filled in, and new pools are being built shallower. Is this action too extreme, or are deep ends a real threat to public safety? (via Manifesto Multilinko
posted by sanitycheck
on Jul 14, 2003 -
Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Yo-Yo.
Health officials in New York are concerned about "water yo-yos", a hot new toy imported from Asia filled with a "foul-smelling liquid" that has made some kids ill. So far, they haven't been able to figure out what the liquid is, who manufactures the toys, or who brings them into the United States.
posted by jjg
on Apr 11, 2003 -
At Ford, Why Wasn't Safety Job One?
"Like other car companies, Ford has consistently fought mandatory increases in fuel economy....by invoking fears that higher mileage requirements would result in smaller, more dangerous vehicles. Safety has been used to beat back fuel efficiency regulations. But Ford's own internal documents and a series of recent court cases reveal a company that is shockingly indifferent to safety risks in the very class of gas-guzzling vehicles it most wants to shield from increases in fuel economy standards...All of this leads us to wonder, if Ford is willing to produce a product it knows will injure and perhaps kill a certain percentage of customers simply to maintain profit margins, does the company really have driver safety at heart when its lobbyists aggressively fight easily-achievable standards for higher corporate average fuel economy?" A new review of internal car manufacturer documents, and more questions about corporate ethics.
posted by fold_and_mutilate
on Mar 11, 2003 -