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More reaction to the fatal movie theater shooting in Colorado: A major city releases a public service announcement with tips for surviving a workplace shooting. Also: New developments in the UCLA death of lab assistant Sheri Sangji. Is it time for a universal, nationwide motorcycle helmet law? And investigators look into why a Six Flags roller coaster malfunctioned.
A new public service announcement in Houston features three strategies in case of a workplace shooting. It’s one of the first safety videos produced as a precaution against active shooters in the wake of the horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Thanks to Safety News Alert commenter CMcPherson for suggesting this story.
Workers’ Comp Insider has a post about new developments in the UCLA death of lab researcher Sheri Sangji. The college has reached a settlement with authorities, but the professor in charge of the lab still faces charges. Sangji suffered second and third degree burns on nearly half her body after chemicals ignited and burned her clothing.
Is it time for universal motorcycle helmet laws? That’s the question asked in FindLaw’s Injured blog. There’s now an economic reason for the laws requiring riders to wear helmets: Helmets prevent fatalities and that means lower costs for states. Universal laws exist in 19 states, and 28 more have laws requiring just some riders (usually those under age 18 or 21) to wear helmets. Only three states have no helmet law at all.
Cal/OSHA is investigating the malfunction of the Superman roller coaster at Six Flags in Vallejo, CA, that stranded passengers 150 feet above the ground for nearly two hours. Responders used a special crane to get water to the passengers while the ride was stuck. The investigation will include reviewing maintenance records.
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