Category Archives: Safety

Second Tesla involved in fatal crash was in autopilot mode

US electric car maker Tesla has said that one of its vehicles was under the control of its Autopilot software when it crashed on a California highway two weeks ago, killing the driver. The disclosure on Friday marks the second confirmation in less than two weeks of a fatal accident involving a car that was effectively driving itself, following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by an Uber vehicle in Arizona. The accidents are set to become the first serious test of whether regulators have been right to release imperfect versions of driverless car technology on to public roads, even when there are people behind the wheel who are meant to take control in dangerous situations. Tesla said more lives were being saved by releasing the technology now, with Tesla cars...
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Soldier awarded €80k for injuries sustained when parachute failed to open

A soldier whose parachute failed to open properly on his first training jump, has been awarded €80,000 in damages for injuries sustained because of the Army’s negligence. The soldier suffered a severe fracture dislocation of his ankle, and could no longer serve as a front-line soldier due to this injury. Mr Justice Bernard Barton found that the Minister for Defence owed the soldier a duty of care, and that although the soldier had accepted the inherent risks involved in military training; this could not displace his entitlement to appropriate equipment, information, instructions, and training. Full story: Irish Legal News...
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An accident at Sellafield could wipe out Ireland’s food and tourism industry

A BBC investigation has uncovered a catalogue of safety concerns at the UK's most hazardous nuclear site. Panorama found parts of Sellafield regularly have too few staff to operate safely and that radioactive materials have been stored in degrading plastic bottles. The programme was told that parts of the facility are dangerously rundown. Sellafield says the site in Cumbria is safe and has been improved with significant investment in recent years. The Panorama investigation was prompted by a whistle-blower - a former senior manager who was worried by conditions. He explained that his biggest fear was a fire in one of the nuclear waste silos or one of the processing plants and said: "If there is a fire there it could generate a plume of radiological waste...
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When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters

An "accident" is, by definition, unintentional. We accidentally drop dinner plates, or send e-mails before we're done writing them. The word also suggests something of the unforeseen — an event that couldn't have been anticipated, for which no one can be blamed. That second connotation is what irks transportation advocates who want to change how we talk about traffic collisions. When one vehicle careens into another or rounds a corner into a pedestrian — call it a "crash," they say, not an "accident." "Our children did not die in 'accidents,'" says Amy Cohen, a co-founder of the New York-based group Families for Safe Streets. Her 12-year-old son was hit and killed by a van on the street in front of their home in 2013. "An 'accident,'" she says, "implies that nothing could have been done to prevent their deaths." Earlier...
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£10,000 payout for motor cyclist injured after farmer left mud on road

A teenager who was injured when she was thrown from her motorcycle after a farmer left a country road covered in mud has been awarded £10,000 compensation. Carrie Dickinson was 16 when the accident happened just a few miles from her home in Belton nearly two years ago. She had left college early and visited her dad Garry, in nearby Epworth, before leaving to drop off her bike at her grandmother’s house about seven miles away. But mud left on the road, which is close to two local farmers’ fields, caused her wheels to lose grip and she lost control of the bike, resulting in her landing on her head and shoulder at the side of the road.
Although Miss Dickinson, now 18, was not knocked unconscious, she broke her collarbone, which...
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Cyclist films his own road accident, miraculously saves life (Video)

"The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this," says YouTube user cyclejack. "This" being an idiot in a car deciding to ignore him, ramming and sending him and his bicycle into the air. Miraculously, he wasn't injured, just bruised. I was travelling around 22mph through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being cautious around bends and roundabouts. I didn't expect this! I just about got my hands to the brakes (it can just be seen on the frame before impact) but I had no chance of stopping. I'm not quite sure how I wasn't seen. I'm over 6ft and was wearing a bright blue jacket. If I was seen then it's a very...
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My farm accident recollection – Justin McCarthy

Very few of us have any right to throw the first stone when it comes to farm safety. At some point we have all had that sick feeling in the pit of the stomach or the cold shiver that instantly engulfs the body when we realise how close we were to something going wrong. Unfortunately, I have had first-hand experience of being involved in a serious farm accident. In my teenage years, I came within six inches of taking my younger sister’s life, having run over her with the front wheel of a tractor. Over 20 years on, I can still recall the incident as if it happened yesterday. The feeling of getting down from a tractor not knowing the fate of...
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Boating Accident Survivor Pushes Boating Safety

"This is where they put a rod in, obviously the one back here is where the blade cut across my arm," says April Wheeler, showing how much progress she's made over the last nine months. "Everyday I have to look at that and remember the choices you make and remember that day," she says. It was a sunny weekend in August of 2013 and Wheeler was riding in a boat with friends on Lake Hamilton when the operator pulled the throttle to make a sudden stop, throwing Wheeler overboard and into the path of the propeller . "The propeller struck me four times, broke all my ribs on my left side except three, broke my collar bone, shoulder blade, crushed my lung, ruptured my spleen and completely...
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Discovery to make documentary on Sherpas killed on Everest

Following the mountain's deadliest disaster, many Sherpas have started descending from Everest Base Camp in a walkout, forcing companies to cancel their planned expeditions. The walkout is certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief following Friday's disaster. Sherpa guides were hauling climbing gear between camps when a chunk of ice tore loose and triggered an avalanche. 'It gives us a sense of responsibility because we are there and have the resources and wherewithal to tell the story,' she said. 'We want to have the right tribute.' Ogwyn said in an interview on Tuesday that while he agreed with the decision to end his project, he hopes to jump off Everest sometime in the future. Sherpa teams were preparing the climb for several expeditions,...
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Finding of Captain’s Fault Could Bear On SeaStreak Crash Injury Claims

A National Transportation Safety Board finding that captain error caused the Jan. 9, 2013, crash of the SeaStreak Wall Street commuter ferry could impact the ongoing litigation by injured passengers seeking recovery. The NTSB found, after a 15-month investigation, that the captain lost control of the vessel and that the risk of accident was heightened by SeaStreak's lack of a safety management system. The high-speed ferry was carrying about 330 people from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., when it hit Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. Passengers were flung about by the impact, with some sent tumbling down stairs and into walls. The NTSB report, adopted at an April 8 meeting, was eagerly awaited by ferry owner SeaStreak LLC and by lawyers representing the 46 passengers who...
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