Archive for September, 2012


Indiana Reports Dramatic Increase in Number of Workplace Accidents

September 26, 2012

Sept. 26, 2012

According to a new study from the Indiana Department of Labor, the state saw a dramatic increase in workplace accidents during the past year. The Northwest Indiana Times claimed a total of 122 people in Indiana died due to work-related accidents in 2011—four more fatalities than were reported during the previous year.

One of the leading causes for the increase was a spike in the number of Indiana truck accidents. Last year, transportation industry fatalities, which include big trucks and commercial vans, totaled 20 deaths, a rise of 54 percent from the 9 fatalities in 2010.

Another leading cause of workplace death in Indiana was acts of violence, accounting for 17 deaths, while the mining and agriculture industry each had 16 deaths. The manufacturing industry closely followed accounting for 13 lost lives.

Indiana Department of Labor spokeswoman, Lori Torres, added the agency planned to combat the growing problem by conducting several safety campaigns during the year to promote workplace safety. This will include the annual “Safety Rodeo” aimed at educating commercial drivers on the dangers of the highway.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers believe workers have a right to a safe work environment. An employer’s failure to supply this could be considered negligent in the event of an accident, and our law firm is here to help anyone who has been hurt through no fault of their own.


Fire at Elkhart Chemical Plant Seriously Injures Worker

September 19, 2012

Sept. 19, 2012

A flash fire occurred yesterday at an Elkhart chemical manufacturing plant seriously injuring one employee. According to an article from WSBT News, the fire occurred around 2 p.m. at the facility on All Pro Drive, just north of County Road 6.

Reports indicate the worker was filling a tank with a flammable liquid when, for an unknown reason, the flash fire was sparked. The inferno sent a ball of flames sweeping through the area, but was quickly extinguished by the plant’s foam firefighting system.

The Vice President of Operations for the plant, Steve Wakefield, stated that despite the worker’s protective suit at the time of the incident, the man suffered severe Indianapolis Burn Injuries to his hands and was taken to a local hospital. He remains in serious but stable condition.

Hazmat crews were called into the scene to clean up dangerous fumes and liquids spilled as a result of the fire.

Firefighters stated that the fire was the second blaze in the area started by flammable chemicals within the last four days.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how tragic burn injuries can be, and urge anyone who has suffered such injuries due to the negligence of another to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.


Certain Workout Supplements Could Put Users at Risk of Serious Health Problems

September 12, 2012

Sept. 12, 2012

Many dietary supplements claim to be natural while alluding to enhance bodily function, but testing by independent research groups has shown certain workout supplements may not be as safe as once believed.

According to a press release from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), warning letters citing health concerns were recently sent to ten manufacturers of certain dietary supplements containing the drug dimethylamylamine (DMAA).

The Director of FDA’s Dietary Supplement Program, Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., stated, “Before marketing products containing DMAA, manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility under the law to provide evidence of the safety of their products. They haven’t done that and that makes the products adulterated.”

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 made it illegal to include any active ingredient in a supplement that has not first been proven safe for human consumption. This testing has never been conducted on DMAA. There have been reports of Indianapolis workout supplement dangers linked to DMAA, which can range from the narrowing of blood vessels and arteries to a heart attack.

The businesses have 15 days to respond to the warning letters.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers urge anyone taking supplements for workout enhancement to speak with their doctor before taking a supplement, and to check the ingredients of a product to ensure it does not contain dangerous ingredients such as DMAA.


Curvy Roads Present Serious Danger to Indiana Motorcyclists

September 05, 2012

Sept. 5, 2012

A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that failure to negotiate curves in the road was a leading cause of motorcycle accidents.

This finding rang true in the case of a recent crash involving a 21-year-old female motorcyclist from Lafayette, Indiana. WLFI 18 News reports the accident happened on County Road 400 West on Monday evening at around 7:30 p.m.

Deputies with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office say the woman lost control of the bike as she rounded a curve and veered off the road, causing her motorcycle to strike a fence. The impact caused the rider to be ejected, leaving her seriously injured despite the fact she was wearing a helmet at the time of the Indianapolis motorcycle accident.

She was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of severe internal injuries.

To combat the growing number of these types of accidents, several new motorcycle license testing procedures are being considered. One of these new tests involves properly maneuvering the machine through a set of sharp curves.

Experts say the tests could potentially greatly decrease the number of motorcycle accidents each year.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers encourage individuals who ride motorcycles to receive training from a professional at one of the several training facilities recommended by the Indiana Department of Transportation before taking a bike onto the streets.