Slip and fall injuries happen frequently in South Florida. Unfortunately, injuries resulting from these types of incidents can end in serious tragedy. According to CBS 12 News, a man fell from a catwalk at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach last week.
The man, Finton Hollingsworth, was a theater operation technician who was setting up for the Voices of Pride concert. He fell 30 feet onto the stage below. He died of head injuries at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The incident is still under investigation.
The statistics on slip and fall injuries are staggering. The National Safety Council reports that over 9 million disabling slip and fall accidents occur each year, which led to over 95 million lost work days and an average cost of $20,288.00. A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that slip and falls are the most common type of work-related injury.
Of course, each incident is different, but with these numbers in mind, it is important for businesses to take all the steps necessary to ensure that they maintain a safe environment, so that their employees and their patrons can avoid injury.
Recently, Haier America, the New-York based appliance company, announced a recall of over 530,000 of it s blenders. The Associated Press reported that the product defect stems from the blades.
The assembly of the blades may break or come apart, which could lead to cuts and lacerations. According to the story, there have been around 60 reports of blades breaking. The blenders were sold throughout the U.S. between 2006 and 2009. Haier America will offer free blade assembly to replace the defect.
We have noted in our blog many incidents in which consumers throughout the country, including South Florida have been injured due to defective products. Whether it is defective Chinese drywall, floor mats in cars or cribs, consumers are subject to the inconvenience and dangers caused by product recalls. Luckily, watch dog groups and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are constantly investigating and enforcing safety standards.
The defective models are the stainless steel, 500-watt blenders with model number HB500BSS. If you have purchased one of these blenders or you need more information, you can get more information by calling 866-327-6147 or visit the company website or the CPSC.
The Sun Sentinel reported on December 1 that an investigation is underway surrounding an incident just before Thanksgiving.
On November 25, a 62-year old pedestrian was struck by a car in Fort Lauderdale. Anostrave Benjamin is reported to be in critical condition at Broward General Medical Center. According to the story, a white Dodge Neon struck Benjamin while he was crossing West Sunrise Boulevard at Northwest Fourth Avenue Lauderdale. Though not much is not known about the vehicle, police stated that the Neon was missing hubcaps and had tinted windows.
We have discussed many stories about pedestrian accidents on our blog. Attention has grown due to incidents such as this, and staggering statistics which show that 502 pedestrians were killed in Florida in 2008. Despite the drop in fatalities over the past four years, it’s stories like this that remind us to be careful when crossing the streets in the major metropolitan areas of South Florida, especially during the holidays.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, police have asked that you call Fort Lauderdale Traffic Homicide Investigator Cheri Creque at 954-828-5825 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.