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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…

Can You Sue a Security Guard?

Have you ever wondered, “Can you sue a security guard?” The answer is, yes.  You can sue a security guard if he or she assaulted or harmed you and you were not threatening them. Because security guards are not law enforcement officers, they do not have the same rights that police officers do. Security guards cannot physically touch citizens beyond what is defined as “minimally necessary” to stop a crime or prevent a dangerous or unlawful situation. When wondering whether or not you can sue a security guard, remember that a guard’s role is to ensure safety, but not at the expense of your legal rights. The one exception to this is self-defense (which is the exception that every citizen possesses whether a security guard…

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The Fatal Shooting of a Doraville Teen Might Have Been Preventable

On the afternoon of July 19th, in one of the recreational common areas of Foxwood Apartments in Doraville, 17-year-old Gerardo Cabrera-Perez was shot multiple times in the head, abdomen, and leg. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. A 19-year-old suspect, Carlos Bernal, is now charged with his murder. As usual, in the midst of the grief over Cabrera-Perez’s loss, and the confusion over Bernal’s motives, few people are talking about what Foxwood Apartments could have done to keep its complex safer. Gun Violence in Doraville Is Not Uncommon This is not a case of a shocking anomaly in a normally peaceful neighborhood. The city of Doraville is less than seven miles across, but its residents have already…

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Lake Lanier Probably Isn’t Haunted, But It’s Definitely Unsafe

Over the course of each year, more than 7.5 million people turn out to swim, boat, picnic, and otherwise enjoy Georgia’s beautiful Lake Lanier. Unfortunately, not all of them will make it home alive. Stories of drownings, other accidents, and mysterious disappearances on and around the lake have become so commonplace that many now believe it to be haunted or cursed. Of course, tellers of ghost stories tend not to be the most reliable historians or devotees of the scientific method. In fact, one of the most popular origin stories for this supposed haunting is some kind of unspecified large-scale accident on the lake in 1903, even though this man-made lake didn’t even exist before 1950. In reality, when people disappear on a lake, the…

Drivers Have a Duty to Share the Road with E-Scooter Riders

The controversy surrounding the e-scooter micro-mobility trend has come to a tragic head in Atlanta in recent months. While the pros and cons of alternative vehicles, and the challenges of incorporating them safely and efficiently into the flow of traffic, have been subjects of heated debate since before e-scooters were even introduced, a recent string of deaths involving the devices has prompted new restrictions, new outrage, and new discussion. On July 17th, 2019, a scooter rider was run over by a bus at the corner of 15th and West Peachtree. Passengers on the bus say they heard the rider, Brad Alexander, pounding on the side of the bus to alert the driver to his presence, but she didn’t notice. Once a passenger got her attention,…