Exploding Portable Air Tank: Were There Clues to the Impending Failure?

Portable Air Pumps

Incident Description: A man received a call from his daughter, who had a flat tire and needed his help. The man grabbed a portable compressed air tank, which he planned…

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Recalled Leaf Blower

Leaf Blower

Summer has ended and the leaves will soon be falling. Time to break out those leaf blowers and clean-up the lawn. Before you do, take a couple minutes to make…

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Pet Safety in the Car

Animal Safety in Cars

As an engineer who deals with occupant safety in vehicles, I occasionally get asked questions related to vehicle pet safety. Earlier this year, the topic gained attention when a Maine…

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Child Seat Cold Weather Safety

John R. Yannaccone, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer :::: As the weather starts to turn cooler, the need to add layers to keep warm begins. However, everyone needs to make sure…

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Child Seat Safety

Child Car Safety

John R. Yannaccone, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer :::: Case Synopsis: A vehicle was entering an intersection when a pickup made a left turn across its path. The front of the…

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Hitching a Ride on the Lift!

John R. Yannaccone, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer :::: Case Synopsis: Two painters were operating a telescopic boom lift on a commercial building construction site. The painters were about to break…

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Child Safety Seat Fails to Deliver Safety

John R. Yannaccone, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer :::: Case Synopsis: A vehicle stopped at a red light was struck from behind by another vehicle. The impacted vehicle had three adult…

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Lawn Mower Safety

Lawn Mower Safety

John R. Yannaccone, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer :::: Case Synopsis: A landscaper was operating a commercial riding mower at an industrial plant early one morning. The ground was covered in…

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Bunk Beds And Kid’s Play

John R. Yannaccone, PE, Mechanical Engineer :::: Case Synopsis: An 8-year-old boy, and his friend, climbed to the top of a bunk bed to play a game. Shortly after checking…

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