Gas stations need to do more to protect customers from violence

Gas Stations Need to Do More to Protect Customers from Violence

If you feel vulnerable while filling up your tank, it’s not just your imagination. According to a survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S gas stations are the site of approximately 63,530 violent crimes per year. That’s almost as many as hotel rooms, banks, and public transport stations put together. Such crimes are so common that they almost run together on the news. In November of 2018, a drug deal in an Atlanta gas station turned sour and became a shooting that killed two people. Less than a week later over in College Park, another pair of people were shot at a gas station, one in the face and one in the hip. The next day, another young man was fatally shot while pumping…

City of Decatur to repair sidewalks

The City of Decatur Has Begun Another Long-Term Project to Fix Crumbling Sidewalks

As part of an ongoing attempt to address the state of local sidewalks, the City of Decatur has announced its plans to smooth out tripping hazards over the next 3-4 years, starting with West Ponce De Leon Avenue. This project, while badly needed, will focus solely on tripping hazards that are under 2” in height and can be corrected by sawing down the protruding edges. Larger hazards that require full sidewalk replacement will be left for a later project, though a particular timeline for such a project has not been given. Decatur’s Sidewalks Should Never Have Been Allowed to Get This Bad Sidewalk construction and renovation has been a consistent presence in Decatur for over a decade. Given the emphasis that pedestrian access and safety…

Georgia Work Injury Attorney

New Toyo and SEWON Expansions Mean More Jobs… And More Deaths and Disfigurements

Since the recent expansion announcements by both Toyo Tires and SEWSON America, Georgia’s elected officials have been applauding the promised creation of at least 250 total jobs between the two companies. Those jobs are expected to become available in SEWSON’s Troup County manufacturing plant and a new Toyo Tires production facility in Cartersville in the near future. With statewide unemployment at 3.6% as of October 2018, new local jobs are certainly something to celebrate, but struggling Georgia residents deserve safer, healthier opportunities to support themselves and their families than the few options Toyo and SEWSON are likely to provide. Factory Work Continues to Be One of the Most Dangerous Professions The National Safety Council ranks manufacturing and production as the third most dangerous industry for…

Film set injury

Corner-Cutting on Georgia Film Sets Puts Cast and Crew Members at Risk

It’s no secret that the selection of filming locations depends heavily on local tax laws and other financial factors. It’s also no secret that cost-cutting attempts are one of the most common reasons for neglecting worker safety. Production-friendly local policies have made Georgia one of the movie and TV capitals of the world in recent years, bolstering the state economy with both entertainment industry and tourism dollars. It’s worth recognizing, however, that the same business priorities that bring film crews to Georgia are also the priorities that keep sets unsafe and lead to preventable injuries and deaths. Stunts Aren’t Supposed to Be Deadly Stunt performer fatalities are often treated as an accepted and inherent hazard of the profession. However, the point of hiring trained stunt…

The Gun Violence Epidemic Hits Georgia Families Hard

The Gun Violence Epidemic Hits Georgia Families Hard

The issue of preventing gun violence was a bitter and prominent point of contention in the 2018 midterm election, locally as well as nationally, and it’s no wonder why. As of 2016, Georgia ranked fourth in the nation in its gun violence death toll, losing 1,571 residents to shootings that year alone. Why 2016? Because those numbers come from the brief period after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, when government research into gun violence was reopened by executive order. That program has since been shelved, resuming the gun violence research blackout instituted by the Dickey Amendment in 1996. This imposed shortage of hard data makes debates on the subject all the more frustrating, filled with partisanship and guesswork, but one thing is clear: the…

Swimming Facilities Are Responsible for Keeping Customers Safe

Swimming Facilities Are Responsible for Keeping Customers Safe

Taking a swim is a great way to stay cool and keep in shape in the summer, but it’s easy to become wary of this pastime amid the many reports of fatal drowning. Here in Atlanta, the last few years have been especially rough on that front. In 2014, a 4-year-old girl drowned during a pool party at the Ansley Golf Club. A lifeguard was on duty, but apparently didn’t notice when the girl fell in. Just two years later, a 10-year-old boy drowned in the pool of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, at a birthday party for his friend. His death was made all the more sad and frustrating by the lack of information on how it happened. The Plaza’s representatives and the party’s chaperones…

May Is National Electrical Safety Month

May Is National Electrical Safety Month

This May is the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s (ESFI) National Electrical Safety Month. ESFI is a non-profit dedicated to improving electrical safety at home, in schools, and in the workplace. The annual National Electrical Safety Month campaign is an attempt to educate children and adults about electrical hazards and the best practices to ensure safety. Some of the ESFI’s activities include gathering data about safety and possible threats. The campaign for the month also includes media promotional materials for anyone who wants to share their commitment to electrical safety on social media or through other means. The theme for Electrical Safety Month 2018 is “Understanding the Code that Keeps Us Safe,” focusing on the National Electrical Code and how to apply it. If you or…

Film Set Dangers are Not Make Believe

A film set is a workplace.  All workplaces present possible dangers, but when action sequences such as car chases are involved, the on-screen mayhem has a potential to cause injuries to those on the set.  When directors and producers are too focused on getting the action sequence right, and not focused enough on minimizing dangers, people can get hurt.  Given Georgia’s generous tax benefits for the film industry and the increased use of the state for film production, this isn’t a Hollywood issue . . . it’s one right here at home. Film industry tax credits begun nine years ago have attracted a growing number of film and TV projects, making Georgia the world’s top destination for major motion picture filming in 2016, reports the…