Rash of Summer Deck and Balcony Collapses Continues

July 7, 2015

Recently deck, porch, and terrace collapses have been hot topics in the news. Unfortunately, and all too often, the motivation for the media coverage and hype over the issue are recent tragedies. Only after tragedy has struck do we take a more comprehensive approach to safety and consider not only that a risk does exist, […]


Fatal Accidents Raise Questions about Zip Line Safety and Regulations

July 3, 2015

Zip lines, zip line tours, and aerial adventures are marketed in a variety of fashions. Some advertisements may emphasize the sense of adventure and the thrill that riding a zip line can provide. Other television ads or marketing brochures may emphasize the perspective and view one will have when zooming through the tree canopy. Still […]


Will Too Few Lifeguards Create an Increased Risk of Injury or Drowning this Summer?

July 1, 2015

As the Wall Street Journal summed it up, the job of summer lifeguard used to be a highly sought-after position that, at least for teens, not only provided a steady paycheck for the summer but also elevated its holder to king or queen of a small summer fiefdom. Or, at least, that’s what the movies […]


Hayride Safety Legislation Veto Overridden by Maine Legislature

June 24, 2015

As we often discuss on this blog parents, grandparents, and other caregivers rely on regulators to catch safety problems on rides and attractions at fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, and theme parks before the safety risk turns into injuries or deaths. But even when regulators are not authorized to actually inspect rides in a particular state, […]


Deadly Balcony Collapse Now Appears to be Linked to Rotted Wood

June 18, 2015

When buildings are constructed, they are typically built to withstand the test of time. At minimum, we would expect a well-constructed and properly constructed apartment, home, or office to last for a t least a generation. Typically, we would not expect major problems and the development of structural defects that leads to a total failure […]


Balcony collapse in California Kills 6; Is your Deck or Balcony Safe?

June 17, 2015

Balconies, decks, and other outdoor gathering places often make for the perfect location for a gathering of friends, families, and co-workers. The spaces can provide guests, residents or other visitors a place where they can go to collect their thoughts, breathe some fresh air, or otherwise escape from the noise of the party or other […]


Beware of Improperly and Inadequately Maintained Pools at Hotels When on your Family Vacation

June 11, 2015

Summer weather means that families throughout the United States will set out on summer trips to fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, and other family-friendly destinations. Many of those vacationers may decide on an attraction located somewhere in Pennsylvania as their destination. Regardless of where you decide to visit, you will undoubtedly need somewhere to stay. Usually […]


Summer Driving Season Is Here But Fiat Chrysler’s Recalled & Unrepaired Vehicles Remain on the Roads

June 8, 2015

When consumers purchase a vehicle from a reputable manufacturer, they expect to receive a vehicle that is safe and will not subject the driver or his or her passengers to unnecessary dangers or risks. And, if and when a defect is reported, consumers expect a thorough investigation into the problem followed by a timely solution. […]


Charter Bus Carrying Tourists Crashes in the Poconos Killing 3

June 3, 2015

Tourists, commuters, and others have a broad array of choices when it comes to ground transportation. They can buy or rent a personal vehicle, take mass transit, charter a bus, or rely on travel by rail on a train. Each of these modes of transportation come with their own risks and benefits. For instance rail […]


Defective Trailer Hitches Sold at U-Haul Outlets Recalled by Manufacturer

June 3, 2015

When consumers purchase a product in a retail establishment, online, or through any other means they expect to receive a good or product that is well-made and fit to serve the particular purpose the consumer had in mind. While a consumer’s expectations can for a product can vary, the idea that a product should be […]

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