Monthly Archives: April 2011

75 Drownings and Near-Drownings in the First Few Months of 2011

25 April 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safety: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign is releasing its 2011 public service announcements (PSAs) to educate people about the steps that can be taken regarding water safety, with a focus on saving lives.

In fifteen weeks, there have been reportedly been 37 drownings and 38 near-drowning incidents. Summer is just around the corner, and the CPSC is urging parents and children to follow the safety precautions they will be broadcasting. Such steps include staying close to children at all times, being alert, having the appropriate water safety equipment, and learning water safety skills. All of these steps can help save lives.

It is also important to note that the CPSC is conducting an investigation into the safety of pool and spa drain covers and the adequacy or testing procedures used to determine the flow rating of these drain covers. So far the investigation has revealed that some testing protocols at laboratories may not comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. If the flow ratings are inaccurate for pool drain covers, the covers may fail to prevent entrapment. The CPSC recommends that pool and spa owners contact their service providers and product manufacturers for additional information on testing and certification of drain covers, until the CPSC completes its investigation. Caution should always be taken by pool operators, parents, and caregivers while watching children, who should always be kept away from pool drains and other openings.

At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we have decades of experience in handling cases arising from accidents involving defective swimming pools and recreational equipment, including ATV’s, personal watercraft, and boats. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or wrongful death due to a drowning accident in a swimming pool, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how you can protect your legal rights. You can set up an initial consultation with one of our drowning accident attorneys at our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We will forward your information to the appropriate lawyer for a response.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Yale Senior From Scituate Dies In Lab Accident

14 April 2011

A promising senior at Yale University from Scituate, Massachusetts, known for her brilliance and modesty, died on April 12, 2011 in a chemistry laboratory accident. In a statement disclosed by the school, Michelle Dufault died after “a terrible accident involving a piece of equipment in the student machine shop in Sterling Chemistry Laboratory.”

Reportedly, Ms. Dufault’s hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment known as a “lathe”, described as a complex piece of machinery machine used for wood and metalworking. The university has now moved to limit undergraduate student access to power equipment. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation of lab safety practices and the safety of the equipment in the labs in general.

Unsafe working conditions, defective machinery in laboratories, and other workplace environments can lead to tragic consequences, including wrongful death and catastrophic injury. Injuries include brain and spinal cord injuries due to falls, electrocution injuries, crushing or asphyxiation injuries, or injuries as a result of being struck by heavy equipment. It is the job of the employer or contractor assure that proper safety equipment and safety measures are in place to prevent such tragic outcomes.

Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has a national reputation for successfully representing consumers and their families who have been victimized by hazardous machinery and unsafe working conditions, resulting in death and catastrophic injuries. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Williams-Sonoma Recalls Hot Chocolate Pots After Reported Injuries

11 April 2011

Williams-Sonoma has recalled 28,000 Whirly Whip hot chocolate pots after eight consumers have reported injuries when the handles broke off during use, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has received 28 reports of the handles breaking off the pots. When the handles break off, they can pose laceration hazards, and expose users to potential burn injuries.

The Whirly Whip hot chocolate pots that have been recalled were sold separately with item number 2981454 or 4986535, or the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pot gift set with the item number 3021714. This item number can be found on the pot’s box, below the bar code. The pot is white with a red handle. The chocolate pots were sold nationwide in Williams-Sonoma stores from October 2010 through January 2011.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury such as burning or scalding, or if a family member or someone close to you has suffered a wrongful death due to a dangerous and defective product, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. You can set up an initial consultation with one of the New England product liability lawyers at our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink