Poolside injuries range from minor bruising all the way to death. Slipping on wet surfaces and diving in to shallow water are two common ways people can get injured. About 16,000 people under the age of 16 are hospitalized every year because of diving accidents. Alone these accidents can cause severe spinal cord damage. Also, children under the age of 14 represent the largest category of drowning deaths. It may come as a surprise that most of these accidents occur under adult supervision and in residential pools instead of natural bodies of water. In 2007 accidents related to entrapment and evisceration in pool drains encouraged the passing of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act which requires specific drain covers to prevent and minimize the risk in public swimming pools and spas.
The Nebraska Supreme Court will determine whether a $2.5 million verdict awarded to two young girls who were seriously injured in a sledding accident should be overturned. In December of 2000, Rachel and Chelsea Connelly were sledding down Memorial Park Hill when they violently collided into a crabapple tree planted by the city. Experts maintain that the hill's slope routed the girls into the crabapple tree.
The latest debate among highway safety proponents concerns more stringent requirements for underride guards for 18 wheelers and other large commercial trucks. After conducting a number of safety tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety even petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to strengthen underride guard standards.
Last year saw the largest number of auto recalls in the U.S. in the last six years. Over 20.3 million motor vehicles were recalled due to auto defects and safety reasons - the highest number since 2004 when 30.8 million vehicles were recalled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). the Detroit News, automakers launched 648 recall campaigns in the last 12 months, second only to 2008.
Two workers were burned by steam while working at BP's Texas City refinery on September 21. One worker suffered burns over 30 percent of his body, including injuries to his torso, left arm, and left leg and was taken by LifeFlight to UTMB Hospital's Burn Unit. The other worker was transported by ambulance to Mainland Medical Center. BP's Texas City refinery, the nation's third largest refinery, is the site of the worst U.S. refinery accident in the past five years when 15 workers were killed and 180 injured in an explosion on March 23, 2005. BP has paid over $1.6 billion to compensate victims of this tragedy. It is also the site where benzene was released for 40-days due to a unit malfunction earlier this year, which currently is the focus of a class-action lawsuit.