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MARTA Employees Don’t Feel Safe from Violence at Work

Several MARTA bus drivers reported to Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News last September that they have been feeling unsafe at work, following repeated assaults from passengers. Upon investigation, Channel 2 was able to identify upwards of 20 such violent or threatening altercations over the previous three months, although drivers believe even that figure to be unrealistically low. Incidents ranged from punching and shoving, to spitting (in times of high contagion risk), to sexual exhibitionism. One man, armed with a hammer, even succeeded in hijacking a bus for a short time. He drove off with the bus, leaving the driver and some passengers behind, before later being apprehended. Bus Drivers Say Violence Increased Following COVID-19 Response Drivers say the problem of passenger violence intensified after MARTA…

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Baston-Cook Construction Project Collapses Twice in Two Days, Injuring Workers

A new parking structure in Atlanta, intended to serve the Emory University Hospital Midtown when completed, has partially collapsed twice during construction, leading the city to shut down the project. At least six construction workers were injured over the course of the two collapses. The first incident occurred on September 11th, 2020, when the structure’s 11th floor collapsed onto the 10th, trapping one worker and injuring at least four others. The trapped worker had to be rescued using a crane and treated for a serious leg injury at a local hospital. A commissioner for the Atlanta City Planning Department reported that the site had been inspected and secured, and the deputy fire chief reported that the adjacent streets would likely be closed off while engineers…

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How Much Do Construction Accident Lawsuit Settlements Pay Out?

Construction is one of the most dangerous careers in the U.S, with an annual injury toll of nearly 200,000 incidents. Unfortunately, most of these injured workers receive only the bare minimum in compensation and are unaware of their full range of options. Worker’s Comp Law Makes It Difficult for Workers to Sue If you’ve been injured at work and are eligible for worker’s compensation, you usually can’t sue your employer for personal injury. The exception would be if you can prove that your employer injured you on purpose rather than simply through negligence, but in that circumstance, you may have trouble collecting because there is unlikely to be any insurance. You don’t have the option to choose between accepting your benefits or suing your employer…

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The St. Regis Resort Could Be Liable for Injuries Caused by Its Collapsing Tent

A January wedding at Buckhead’s St. Regis Resort was interrupted when a tent collapsed under heavy winds, sending three guests to the hospital and causing superficial injuries to at least five more. The tent was being used to shelter the patio where the ceremony was taking place. Right after the bride walked down the aisle, the tent gave out under a gust of wind she said felt like a small tornado lifting it off the ground. A tent blowing over might sound like a minor accident, but the supports for patio tents are necessarily heavy-duty and often made of steel, more than substantial enough to cause death at the right velocity. Luckily, none of the guests sustained life-threatening injuries, and those who were hospitalized are…

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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Is Not Doing Its Part to Combat the Corona Virus

In a time when thousands, potentially millions of lives depend on preventing the spread of a deadly pathogen, it would be reasonable to assume that the largest airport in the world would be the site of some of the most intense containment efforts — or at least some containment efforts. However, according to a recent investigation conducted by VICE Magazine, this assumption would be incorrect. Interviewed passengers reported “breezing through” airport security without receiving health screenings, even when arriving from high-risk parts of the world and showing visible symptoms. Some said they were asked about their travel to China, but not to other high-risk areas. Some said airport personnel gave them self-reporting forms but did not review their answers, and some received no forms at…

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MARTA Is Making Changes to Help with the Corona Virus

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced on March 25th that it would be making some operational changes to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Most notably, some low-traffic routes and stations have been closed or given reduced schedules, while more buses have been diverted to high-traffic routes to prevent crowding and give passengers more space to distance from each other. Except for passengers who need to use the access ramp at the front door, MARTA passengers must now enter and exit buses through the rear doors, minimizing contact with the driver. They will not be required to pay at the farebox, although bus fares will still be charged at the train stations for those passengers who are transferring. Earlier in the pandemic, MARTA…

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Pepsi Truck Crash in Cobb County Backs up Traffic Across Three Interstates

Only a week after ringing in the new year, Cobb County has already seen its first major Pepsi truck crash of the decade. In the early hours of the morning on January 7th, the truck in question collided with the guardrail on the I-285 and spilled its cargo of Dr. Pepper cans across the highway. Cleanup took almost 10 hours, during which time traffic backed up along not only the I-285 but the I-75 and I-575 as well. Slick roads from light rain may have contributed to the accident, though the exact cause and fault involved have not been reported. The Pepsi driver was taken to a nearby hospital for immediate examination. Thankfully, no one else appears to have been injured in this particular incident,…

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Apartment Complexes in Georgia Need to Improve Fire Safety

It’s been a rough winter for fire safety in Georgia, full of injuries and loss. Spring is almost here, but that will come as little comfort to the many residents who’ve already been affected by fires in their apartment complexes over the past few months. Two days after Christmas in Smyrna, nine people lost their homes to an apartment complex blaze. One of the survivors escaped with burns, and another was injured while jumping from her balcony. Three days later in Duluth, a fire engulfed the top floor of an apartment complex and caused it to collapse. Again there were fall injuries as residents jumped to escape, and a total of 29 people were displaced. Just two more days after that, on New Year’s Day,…

A Worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Has Been Killed in a Loading Ramp Accident

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has long had a tenuous relationship with safety, seeming to prefer putting its money and energy into remaining the busiest airport in the world. On September 25th, 2019, one employee lost his life amid the bustle of this air traffic hub. The worker, an employee of the luggage transport company G2 Secure Staff, was helping to guide a luggage vehicle toward the loading ramp of a United Airlines jet, when he was crushed between the vehicle and the ramp. A crew member reportedly shouted for the driver to stop when it became clear what was happening, and the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he did not survive. OSHA and United Airlines are both still investigating, but based on the…

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Where OSHA Falls Short of Protecting Workers, the Civil Justice System Can Help

The federal agency known as OSHA came into being in 1970, with the passage of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Its stated mission is to ensure every American worker a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. Unfortunately, that noble goal has never come close to being a reality. According to one analysis published in The American Journal of Public Health, the rate of serious, nonfatal, on-the-job accidents declined only slightly between the founding of OSHA and the year 2008. During that time, OSHA failed to mitigate the rapid introduction of hazardous new chemicals in low-income workplaces, and between the years 1993 and 2008 alone, occupational fatalities among immigrant workers from Latin America more than tripled. Today, this group is still routinely exposed…