Category: Premises Liability

MARTA May Finally Be Forced to Make Real Safety Improvements

This blog has reported time after time (after time, after time), on the MARTA transportation system’s abysmal safety record. After each new tragic incident, we’ve had to draw the frustrating conclusion that not much has changed, and not much appears to be changing. At long last, this pattern may have broken. Right now, the transit system is working with multiple private consulting firms, at a cost of $2.2 million, to overhaul its safety and incident-response policies. Of course, MART...

Apartment Complexes with Swimming Pools Must Follow Safety Codes

Swimming pools are understandably popular amenities, especially in warm states like Georgia. In the absence of solid safety precautions, however, they can also be extremely dangerous. Nearly 4,000 people die by drowning in the U.S every year, and children are especially vulnerable. Drowning is the top cause of death for children aged 1-4, with residential pools being the most common setting. According to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, most of these drownings happen outside of d...

Extreme Sport Venues Are Not Exempt from Safety Obligations

Owners of all different kinds of properties are responsible for providing a safe environment for their guests. This does not mean that no one is ever allowed to host activities with an inherent element of risk, like racing and other extreme sports. However, venue owners must take all reasonable precautions to make sure these activities aren’t any more dangerous than they have to be. They also have a duty to warn their guests in detail about any risks that can’t be eliminated. The fact t...

Apartment Residents Shouldn’t Have to Become Heroes When a Fire Starts

It’s always encouraging to hear about people helping each other in times of crisis. Human courage and compassion are wonderful things, and it is most certainly not the purpose of this post to argue that people should stop acting on them. What so often gets lost, however, while we’re cheering for the heroes of a disaster, is objective scrutiny of the disaster itself. Obviously, when a fire is actively burning, it’s not a good time to worry about what caused it or whose fault it is. The i...

Construction Contractors Are Responsible for Safety Even After the Job Is Done

We’ve often discussed on this blog how dangerous construction sites can be, and the responsibility that construction companies have to keep their workers and bystanders safe. We’ve also talked about property owners’ duties to make sure that any spaces open to employees or guests are free of unnecessary hazards. A construction company’s role in safety doesn’t necessarily end when a property opens for business, however. Contractors that develop, repair, and upgrade properties are responsi...

Apartment Building Landlords Are Responsible for Keeping Elevators Safe for Use

Unless a building is on fire, using the elevator should never be dangerous. Most of the time, it isn’t. Modern safety measures include plenty of redundancies to prevent malfunctions, and to ensure that any malfunctions that do occur will not present a danger to life or health. Unfortunately, not all apartment buildings follow these safety measures, which is why serious elevator accidents still sometimes happen. The state of Georgia holds landlords legally responsible for safe operation and...

Wood Pellet Plants Must Do Better at Keeping Workers Safe from Fire

Manufactured from plant matter recycled from other industries, wood pellets are an efficient, renewable fuel, and can also be used for pet bedding and a range of other applications. Unfortunately, the process of transforming plant waste into stable, convenient pellets involves exposure to sawdust, flammable chemicals, and heat-producing machinery. The procedure for making pellets safely is delicate and complex, and all too often, pellet mills don’t do what it takes to keep their workers sa...

Purdue Farms May Be Liable for the Electrocution Death of Antonio Ramirez

At the Purdue Farms poultry plant in Perry, Georgia, a manager walked into the facility’s “hot room” early the morning of August 8th to find Antonio Ramirez dead by electrocution. Ramirez was working for a cleaning company called QSI, which contracts with Purdue Farms to clean the facility. He appeared to be cleaning the floor near one of the machines at the time of his death. The electrical current was still flowing when the manager arrived, and he later reported that...

Hartwell Speedway May Be Responsible for Recent Spectator Death and Injuries

Most of the risks associated with auto racing are confined to the track, and even the danger to the drivers has decreased over the years as racecar and racetrack designs have improved. However, due to the high speeds involved in the sport, racing accidents still produce enormous amounts of force. When this force is not well distributed and contained, it can pose a danger not just to the drivers but to the spectators as well. This is what happened at the Hartwell Speedway in Hart County on ...

Owner May Be Liable for Fire that Killed Five in a DeKalb County Home

Early in January, a home caught fire in DeKalb County with five people inside. By the time emergency response crews arrived, the fire had progressed too far to allow a rescue. The remains of the victims, 27-year-old Quaniece Gregory and her four small children, were later found in their bedrooms. The family dog was reportedly also killed in the fire. A sixth resident —Gregory’s husband, Thomas Reese — was in Maryland for work at the time of the fire. In addition to the devastating loss of his...