Anchor and Protect!

Falling furniture, electronics, and appliances caused at least 363 fatalities in the United States from 2000 through 2012. And more than 4 out of every 5 fatally injured is a child younger than 8 years old. Overall, about 38,000 emergency room visits each year result from instable furniture or electronics. Head injuries and injuries from being crushed under falling electronics or by tipped furniture and appliances, are the most common. To prevent a tip-over tragedy: USE STURDY FURNITURE AND SECURE YOUR TV Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media…

Herring Recalled Due to Listeria

Herring fillets found contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are being recalled by Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Read Listeria Found in Herring Fillets.

Smoked Salmon Recall

Whole Foods has voluntarily recalled 4 oz. sizes of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon for possible listeria. To read more about the recall and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment statement, see Recall Alert: Smoked Salmon.

Fentanyl Cases Result in Tighter Hospital Oversight

New legislation has been signed into law providing for greater oversight of hospital employees and greater accountability on the part of hospital administrators. The new legislation was prompted by the Rose Hospital surgical technician who systematically stole fentanyl from surgery rooms. Read Colorado Hospital Employees Under Tighter Oversight.

$325,000 Settlement for Near-Amputation of Hand by Faulty Lab Equipment

This case involved a settlement for a 32-year-old lab technician who suffered a fractured wrist and severed tendon when an animal cage cleaner lift fell on her dominant hand, requiring surgery and resulting in a 9% whole body impairment rating. The suit against the machine manufacturer alleged that the washer was defective because (1) an unguarded pinch point existed between the lift and the front of the machine, (2) the lift could drop uncontrollably under certain conditions and (3) no interlocking mechanism was installed on the door to prevent users from opening it when the lift was not in a…