Whether you are a customer patronizing a commercial operation or a worker on the job, you have a right to expect that the environment you are in is as safe as it possibly can be. Owners and operators of facilities have an obligation to make sure that no one suffers an avoidable injury due to safety rule oversight or failure to mark hazards.
Recently, Goodrich & Geist represented a family of a 44 year old physician killed by a truck driver on an interstate in Ohio. The truck driver was speeding in a work zone and violated safety regulations for the number of hours a truck driver may drive in one day.
When you consider how simple it is for operators of commercial properties to take steps to reduce or eliminate some of the most common hazardous conditions, it's hard to understand how or why they get overlooked. That being the case, it's easy to understand why, when Pittsburgh residents suffer injury from a slip and fall, that those operators are held liable for allowing dangerous property conditions.
The search for survivors or victims killed is over at the site of that collapsed Salvation Army thrift store in eastern Pennsylvania. But the fallout from the disaster is only just beginning to build.
As grilling season is in full swing, it is important to remember a few safety tips when using a propane gas grill. Last year, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm was badly burned while preparing to cook dinner for her children. After wind blew out the flame, propane gas pooled on her grill and became an explosive fireball when Storm attempted to re-ignite it. She suffered first and second degree burns to her face, neck, chest and hands.
The search for victims, both dead and perhaps injured, is not over at the site of a building collapse in Philadelphia. All of Pennsylvania and much of the world is attuned to the developments as emergency crews continue to go through the rubble of a Salvation Army thrift store that was crushed Wednesday under falling debris from a taller next door building that was being demolished.