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Extra Vigilance Necessary with 3-Meter Diving Boards


Dr. Tom Griffiths, Aquatics Expert with DJS Associates, is interviewed regarding catastrophic falls from diving board ladders:

Diving rarely enters the national spotlight, but with a focus on U.S. divers at the 2012 Summer Olympics beginning later this month in London, children may approach 3-meter springboards at local aquatic facilities with added curiosity. Consequently, pool operators must be extra vigilant. Relics from the ’60s and ’70s, the boards — typically accessed by 10-foot ladders and not always off-limits to recreational swimmers — need to be restricted for swimming and diving team use only, according to one aquatics safety expert who has studied springboard diving safety.

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Curt’s Corner: Fast Facts – Turn Signals on a Motorcycle


Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders, (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off.  If you are making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle with its turn signal on, make sure the motorcycle’s signal is intentionally on before turning in front of it.  For additional information regarding Motorcycle Safety and Accident Reconstruction, contact Curt Beloy at 215-659-2010 or via email at experts@forensicDJS.com.

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DJS Associates Introduces Bosch Crash Data Retrieval Version 6.0.


In addition to added coverage for vehicles such as GM, Ford, Toyota, and more, Version 6.0 provides coverage for 2013 Nissan vehicles.

This important update marks the beginning of a new era in Event Data Recording technology resulting from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 563 Rule taking effect in September 2012.  While not mandating Event Data Recorders, this rule requires manufacturers that voluntarily equip their vehicles with EDRs to make the hardware and software necessary to retrieve the data they record publicly available.  Because most vehicle manufacturers already utilize EDR technology, the list of supported vehicles is expected to expand quickly.

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NHTSA Recall Notification Regarding 2006-2007 General Motors Vehicles


Earlier this month, General Motors (GM) announced plans to recall nearly 250,000 vehicles, equipped with power windows, due to a potential electrical malfunction in the master control switch located in the driver’s door.  GM reportedly traced this condition to water intrusion into the driver’s door cavity resulting in corrosion and abnormally high electrical resistance in the power window circuit.  Excess electrical resistance creates abnormally high temperatures, which can lead to melting and burning of the affected components.

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Did Dock Leveler Installation Contribute to Accident?


Thomas Cocchiola, PE ::::

Case Synopsis: A worker was injured when she inadvertently stepped into a gap while unloading items from a truck.  She was unloading at a facility equipped with a dock leveler to bridge the gap between individual trucks and the loading dock platform.  The dock leveler platform was extended onto the truck bed before the woman began unloading.  The injured worker did not know where she placed her foot, but recalled her leg went into a gap all the way up to her thigh.  It was alleged that a deficiency in the dock leveler installation contributed to the accident.

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Drowning at Private Lake and Camp Community Leads to Major Settlement


Tom J. Griffiths, Ed.D. ::::

Case Synopsis: A young, non-swimming female drowned while attending a private, lakeside camp community – a tragic event easily preventable.  The private camp community offered two different beach areas for members: one was a shallow water beach area for toddlers and young, non-swimmers, while the other was a deep water dock area reserved for swimmers only.  Although the lifeguard on duty knew that the victim in this case could not swim, she allowed the youngster, while sitting on a “noodle”, to enter the deep, dark water designated for swimmers only.

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