2016 Archive

Charlie LaVallee
A Bridge for the Community: Meet Charlie LaVallee

As a young boy growing up in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Charlie LaVallee watched his grandfather work tirelessly to run their small, family-owned business, Kunst Bakery.

Fatal work injuries are down in Pennsylvania.
Fatal Work Injuries Down in PA, Bucking National Trend

Of Pennsylvania's 175 fatal workplace accidents that occurred in 2014, a whopping 60 percent were related to two categories—transportation injuries and those suffered as a result of a worker having contact with equipment.

Pokemon Go!
Beware: Pokemon Go May Lead to Embarassing Injuries

According to news reports, the ways in which users are "wiping out" while playing Pokemon Go are almost as varied as the 151 styles of Pokemon you can capture in it. We know: We've seen our staffers and other folks in the U.S. Steel Building walking—heads down—all while staring into their cell phone screens. Needless to say, we've even witnessed some close calls.

save on car insurance
Easy Ways to Save on Car Insurance

Car insurance is one of those things that people sometimes complain about paying for – until they actually need to use it. Those complaints likely got louder in quite a few households over the past several months because recent data shows that car insurance premiums have risen about 6.6% from year to year. The good news is that there are ways to save on car insurance without sacrificing great coverage.

Car Accident
Report: Pittsburgh, Philly Drivers Among Least Safe in U.S.

Allstate Insurance's 2016 America's Best Drivers Report ranked Philadelphia and Pittsburgh among the worst cities in the United States when it comes to safe driving.

Take Fatigue Seriously This National Workaholics Day

July 5 is the day after late-night fireworks, campfires, and the celebration of our nation’s independence. It is also National Workaholics Day.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled OVer
Avoid a DUI This Fourth of July

Drive sober or get pulled over this Fourth of July weekend, when police will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints—all to help prevent DUI-related crashes.

Enlisting the Next Generation of Motorcylists

Pennsylvania's love affair with motorcycles is evident anytime you navigate the Keystone State's many throughways, with riders enjoying our highways and byways during the spring, summer and fall months.But enlisting a new generation of motorcycle enthusiasts—including millennials—is now a responsibility all bikers share.

playground injuries
Preventing Playground Injuries

A new study has uncovered a seemingly conflicting trend: while playgrounds are getting safer, emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) at playgrounds have significantly increased in recent years. So what can parents and caregivers do to help prevent playground injuries? There’s no foolproof solution, but there are a few easy things you can do to reduce the risk of your child being hurt.

PA has a new car seat law.
New Pennsylvania Car Seat Law

A new Pennsylvania car seat law requires children younger than 2 to be fastened in a rear-facing child restraint system until they outgrow the maximum weight and height limits set forth by the manufacturer.

petting a dog
Take Your Dog to Work Day 2016

It takes some careful planning to make sure that Take Your Dog to Work Day is a "treat."

Deteriorating road conditions
PA Ranked Among Worst States for Drivers

In a national survey associated with the study, respondents said road and infrastructure deficiencies were a top irritating factor for them as motorists, with more than a third of them classifying them as major issues.

Camp Safety
Preventing Camp Injuries and Illness

Summer is a time when the sun is high in the sky, kids are playing in fields of grass, and parents are planning their children’s camp getaways.

Teen Lawnmowing Safety
Tips if You Hire Teens to Mow Your Lawn

It’s 5 p.m. on a hot summer day, and the neighbor’s kid just knocked on your door to ask if you would like him to mow your lawn for a small fee.

group of motorcyclists
Ride to Work Day 2016

If your commute on Monday seems a little louder than usual, we have a good guess as to why (and no, it's not all that Pennsylvania construction). It might just be the roar of thousands of motorcyclists headed to work.

Injured Worker
OSHA's New Workplace Injury Reporting Rule to Improve Safety

Beginning Aug. 10, 2016, the new reporting rule will take effect requiring employers in high-hazard industries to submit workplace injury information so it can be publicly posted on the agency's website.

grilling dangers
What You Should Know About Grilling Safety

Did you know that in emergency rooms around the nation, the summer months are called “trauma season?” At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, traumatic injuries sometimes double during the summer months – from 100 per month to between 170 and 200 a month. In adults, trauma cases increase by 25 to 30%, according to UPMC Presbyterian.

Animal Friends
Edgar Snyder & Associates Lends Helping Hand to Animal Friends

Volunteers—3,000 in all—are the lifeblood of the Animal Friends, helping staffers there do everything from clean cages to walk and socialize with the animals. A crew from Edgar Snyder & Associates were proud to be among them last week.

Self-driving cars coming to Pittsburgh
PA's Push for Self-Driving Cars

Pittsburgh is one of seven finalists for a $50 million grant through the department to integrate "innovative technologies" such as self-driving cars into the transportation system.

Listeria Recalls: Keeping Your Family Food-Poison Free

Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacterium that, when ingested, can lead to a serious and potentially deadly infection known as listeriosis.