An aerial artist dies in a fall, an aerial photography helicopter flight ends in tragedy and on the ground, an autonomous vehicle hits and kills a pedestrian. These were among the top stories featured on this week.

‘Augmented reality’ CPR training unveiled

March 23, 2018

Hands-Only CPR training that uses new augmented reality technology developed by Google to create a life-like environment for users is now available to mobile device users, thanks to a partnership between the American Heart Association (AHA) and Google. The training can be accessed through the AHA’s mobile App, My Cardiac Coach™.

NTSB investigation of bridge collapse continues

March 22, 2018

When the pedestrian bridge collapsed last week in Florida, workers were adjusting tension on the two tensioning rods located in the diagonal member at the north end of the span. That’s one of the findings of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team that is investigating the incident, which crushed cars and killed at least six people - one of them a bridge worker.

Thousands of smoke alarms won’t work in case of fire

Culprit is one small part

March 22, 2018

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process is behind the recall that’s just been issued of more than 450,000 smoke alarms due to the risk of their not working in the event of a fire.

Fear of automation could be affecting workers’ health

March 22, 2018

The fear that a robot or computer could put workers in the unemployment line may be directly linked to some physical and mental health issues, says three Ball State University researchers and a Villanova University professor. “County-level job automation risk and health: Evidence from the United States,” published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, found that exposure to automation risk may be negatively associated with health outcomes, plausibly through perceptions of poorer job security.

Psychologist group gives mixed review to president's opioid plan

Calls for more emphasis on nonpharmacological treatments, opposes death penalty for opioid traffickers

March 21, 2018

The nation’s largest professional psychological organization would like to see treatment emphasized over punishment when it comes to dealing with the opioid crisis. That view from the American Psychological Association (APA) contrasts with the plan this week unveiled by President Trump to address the opioid epidemic.

Uber self-driving vehicle that killed pedestrian studied by NTSB

March 21, 2018

The nation's first pedestrian death involving an autonomous vehicle may have been unavoidable, according to local authorities, although the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into the incident continues. The accident occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m., when 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck by an Uber self-driving vehicle as she walked across a busy street outside of a crosswalk.

NFPA report: Electrical safety varies widely from state to state

March 21, 2018

Across America, states vary widely in how promptly, or even if, they adopt the latest edition of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code® (NEC®). Not adhering to the latest edition can lead to serious shortfalls in electrical safety for citizens and a failure to protect first responders and workers from preventable dangers.

Employee fatally injured in egg processing facility

March 21, 2018

OSHA has cited a Nebraska egg processing facility for multiple safety violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a dock leveler - a device used to allow a forklift to travel between a loading dock and a trailer.

During binges, U.S. adults have 17 billion drinks a year

March 20, 2018

The average U.S. adult binge drinker consumed 470 alcoholic beverages in 2015, totaling 17 billion drinks, according to a first-of-its-kind study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Vets with wounds, PTSD at higher risk for hypertension

March 20, 2018

Severe combat wounds and chronic PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) may put service men and women at risk of having high blood pressure later, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. PTSD, a mental health disorder that stems from a traumatic or life-threatening event, has been previously linked to risk of high blood pressure and other issues, including substance abuse, obesity, coronary artery disease, and suicide.

Here’s why chopper pilot lived and passengers died

March 20, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) interrupted its investigation into the recent helicopter crash in New York City to issue an urgent safety recommendation, after determining the culprit behind five fatalities in the accident. The five passengers in the aircraft were wearing harnesses; the pilot was not.

Fla. worker dies from heat-related illness

March 20, 2018

OSHA has cited a Florida construction company after one of its employees died from heat exposure while working at a residential site in Jacksonville. Middleburg-based Southeastern Subcontractors Inc. failed to protect its workers from the dangerous hazards of working outdoors in extreme heat, according to OSHA, which issued the one serious citation for exposing employees to heat-related injuries, and one other-than-serious violation for failing to report a workplace fatality to OSHA within 8 hours of its occurrence. 

Distracted walking gets teen hit by train

March 19, 2018

Police don’t think alcohol or drugs were a factor in an incident Sunday in Westland, Michigan in which a pedestrian was hit by a train. A cell phone was to blame.

Amateur videos could help NTSB probe NYC chopper crash

March 19, 2018

In this era when smartphones are at the ready and videotapes of current events are ubiquitous, the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) request to the public is not that surprising. The NTSB is looking for videos that show different angles of the March 11, 2018 accident in which a helicopter plunged into New York City’s East River. Five people were killed and the pilot injured when the Liberty Helicopters craft hit the water and rolled.

Bridge co. employee killed in Fla. bridge collapse

March 19, 2018

A bridge worker is among the six known fatalities of Thursday’s collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Florida. Navaro Brown, an employee of Structural Technologies VSL, has been identified as one of the people killed when a newly installed bridge intended to provide safe passage for students of Florida International University collapsed onto a busy highway, crushing a number of cars.

Fall kills Cirque du Soleil performer

March 19, 2018

A French aerialist plunged to his death Saturday night in Tampa, Florida, while performing an aerial straps routine in the famed Cirque du Soleil theatrical company’s “Volta” show. News reports say Yann Arnaud was performing on the double rings when one of his hands slipped and he fell about 20 feet to the stage in front of horrified spectators.

NTSB: Fatal highway crash shows urgency of needed safety changes

March 19, 2018

A 2016 highway accident in Kansas that killed six people and injured five vividly illustrates the need to implement safety improvements recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the agency says. In that June 29 crash, a seven-passenger sport utility vehicle with 11 occupants was struck from behind by a semitractor-trailer on I-70 near Goodland, Kansas at about 2:15 in the morning.