Tag: Accidents and Safety

Explosion in Farmington, Maine, Kills Firefighter and Injures 6 Others

An explosion on Monday morning killed one firefighter and injured six other people at an office building for an organization that serves people with disabilities in Farmington, Me., about 70 miles west of Bangor, a town official said. The official, Scott Landry, a selectman in Farmington, said the building housed staff members for the organization, […]

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A French Worker Died After Sex on a Business Trip. His Company Is Liable.

LONDON — A court in France has ruled that a man who died from a heart attack after having sex during a business trip had suffered a work-related accident and that his employer was liable. The man, who was identified in court documents only as Xavier, traveled in 2013 to the Loiret region in central […]

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The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.

When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs […]

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Hiker Killed in 500-Foot Fall While Climbing Half Dome at Yosemite

The thrill of trying to reach the top of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park turned fatal on Thursday for a hiker who fell 500 feet from the famed rock face as she was scaling the steepest part of the trail, the authorities said. The hiker, Danielle Burnett, 29, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., was […]

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An Off-Road Thrill That Can End in Flames

For almost two years, James Bingham’s off-road vehicle had provided endless fun on camping and hunting trips in Idaho. The vehicle, a four-seat Polaris RZR, could zip across the sand hills at up to 80 miles an hour. He expected the same kind of thrill on a weekend outing with friends in May. But minutes […]

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Jessi Combs, TV Host and Driver, Dies in Attempt at Land Speed Record

Jessi Combs, a television host and professional racer, died on Tuesday in Oregon while trying to set a world land speed record. Ms. Combs’s death was confirmed in a statement by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the scene of the crash in the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. The […]

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7 Relatives Worked at a Construction Site. Then Came a Deadly Collapse.

When José Quizhi heard the news about a building collapse in the Bronx on Tuesday, he quickly made his way to the scene from New Jersey. Mr. Quizhi, an Ecuadorean immigrant whose seven relatives were working at the job site, said he feared the worst. While Mr. Quizhi’s brother walked away unscathed, another family member, […]

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Russia Identifies 4 Radioactive Isotopes From Nuclear Accident

MOSCOW — A Russian state weather agency named for the first time on Monday four specific radioactive particles released by an explosion at a military testing site earlier this month that left at least seven people dead and has remained shrouded in secrecy weeks after the incident. The Russian meteorological agency identified them as isotopes […]

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A Child Bumps Her Head. What Happens Next Depends on Race.

When a child experiences a mild head injury and a parent seeks medical attention, what happens next in New York City seems to depend on the ZIP code and the color of the parent’s skin. In April, the actress Jenny Mollen, wife of the actor Jason Biggs and resident of Manhattan’s affluent West Village, announced […]

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Tragedy in a Kips Bay Elevator

Weather: Showers may pop up early, but the sky should brighten as the day progresses. Cooler than yesterday, with highs in the low 80s. The weekend should be mostly dry and in the 70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Labor Day (Sept. 2). ImageCreditJefferson Siegel for The New York Times The residents knew the elevators […]

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New Everest Rules Could Significantly Limit Who Gets to Climb

KATHMANDU, Nepal — In an effort to address deadly human traffic jams on Mount Everest and weed out inexperienced climbers, Nepali officials on Wednesday formally proposed new safety rules that could significantly reduce the number of permits issued for the world’s highest peak. Under the measures, would-be climbers would have to prove that they have […]

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Times Square Is Safer Than You Think

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Thursday. 🏀Kevin Durant, the basketball star who surprised many with his recent decision to play for the Brooklyn Nets, finally opened up. “I just like what they were building,” he told Yahoo Sports. Weather: Partly sunny, with a chance of rain and thunderstorms […]

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Senators Call on M.L.B. for More Transparency on Foul Ball Injuries

Two United States senators raised questions on Tuesday about whether M.L.B. is doing enough to protect its fans from foul balls, writing a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred urging him to release data that teams may be collecting on which seats are most vulnerable at their ballparks. The senators, Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both […]

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Deadly Germ Research Is Shut Down at Army Lab Over Safety Concerns

Safety concerns at a prominent military germ lab have led the government to shut down research involving dangerous microbes like the Ebola virus. “Research is currently on hold,” the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, in Fort Detrick, Md., said in a statement on Friday. The shutdown is likely to last months, […]

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Tate Modern Museum in U.K. on Lockdown After Child Falls

LONDON — London’s Tate Modern museum was on lockdown after a child fell from the building, witnesses and the Metropolitan Police said on Sunday. A teenager was arrested in connection with the episode, the police said. The circumstances of the fall and the conditions of the child were not immediately known, but images and video […]

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One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drink, Study Says

Excessive alcohol consumption is not safe for a person at any age, but it is particularly dangerous for older adults. And according to a study published this week, about one in 10 older adults are considered binge drinkers. “Binge drinking, even episodically or infrequently, may negatively affect other health conditions by exacerbating disease, interacting with […]

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Yellowstone Bison, Crowded by Tourists, Throws Girl in Video

A bull bison roaming Yellowstone National Park injured a 9-year-old girl this week, charging at her as she tried to run away and head-butting her into the air, according to park officials and a video posted on social media. The girl was treated for her injuries and released, officials said. But as footage of the […]

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Mumbai Building Collapse Kills at Least 3, With Dozens More Trapped

NEW DELHI — A residential building in Mumbai, India’s busy financial center, collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least three people and trapping more than 40 others, officials said. The four-story building, which was estimated to be up to 100 years old, caved in around 11:40 a.m. in Dongri, a neighborhood in south Mumbai. Residents living […]

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Fatal Accident With Metal Straw Highlights a Risk

A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her home, a coroner said in an inquest this week that highlighted the potential dangers of metal straws. Such straws have surged in popularity as cities, states and even countries have banned single-use plastic straws. The woman, Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, who had a […]

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