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March 2011 Archives

T Worker Edward Rowe Injured After Falling Into Concrete Shaft

As some Boston residents may have heard, 46-year-old veteran MTBA electrician Edward Rowe Jr. from Haverhill suffered serious injuries after falling into a concrete shaft while working at the Charles Street Station. The Boston Herald reported Rowe fell 35 to 40 feet and had to undergo surgery for severe leg injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The hole Rowe fell through was covered with wooden planks, but they apparently were not placed securely. The planks were found lodged into the concrete shaft a few feet down, and Engine 10 Fire Captain Richard Connelly said Rowe may have mistaken the wooden boards for metal, which covered most of the other holes.

Salem Man Brian Hicks Killed In One-Car Crash In Sumner Tunnel

Massachusetts state police recently announced that Salem resident Brian Hicks, 39, was killed in a car crash in the Sumner Tunnel, which connects East Boston to the downtown area. According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials said Hicks died after his pickup truck struck the ramp inside the tunnel, near the exit to Storrow Drive.

Salem Patch reported Hicks was driving his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado on the ramp for Storrow Drive when the vehicle suddenly went out of control and ejected him out of the truck, causing Hicks to suffer fatal injuries. No information has yet been disclosed about what may have caused the accident, and police stated that no other vehicles were involved.

Richard Cross Falls From Third-Story Building Scaffolding

Salem police Lieutenant Scott Englehardt reported that a Danvers local was rushed to a hospital in Boston earlier this week after falling from the third-story of a Federal Street building. According to Your Town Danvers, law enforcement officials identified the victim as 26-year-old Richard Cross, a resident of the borough.

Police arrived at the scene of the construction accident after receiving a call about Cross, who had been working with a construction team on a renovation project and fell to the ground from the scaffolding outside the building.

"He was unconscious, they didn't even take him to Salem Hospital, they took him right into Boston," said Englehardt. "I imagine he must have had some pretty serious injuries."

FDA Stops Some Japanese Food From Entering U.S. Due To Radiation

Following the post-earthquake nuclear calamity in Japan, Boston locals may have heard that all fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, and milk products coming from any of the four prefectures in located near the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will now be prohibited from entering the United States.

CNN reported that a spokesperson from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also announced that all other food items that have been manufactured or produced in the affected areas - Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and Fukushima - will be subject to further testing, as well as food products from other parts of Japan.

Tween Brands Inc. Settles Lawsuit Over Cadmium In Its Jewelry

As many Boston residents may have heard, the lawsuit against national children’s apparel retailer Tween Brands Inc. has finally reached a court settlement. Business First reported that the company has recently agreed to remove potentially toxic cadmium from its jewelry and stop selling necklaces, bracelets, and other items that contain the metal in California.

The agreement covers jewelry that has been sold in California, according to the Associated Press. But because of the state’s large market, it has also become company policy throughout the U.S. and covers jewelry made for children, teenagers, and adults. It has broadened the age range from the initial concern for preteen girls when high levels of cadmium were found in Tween’s jewelry during the last year.

Have a Safe St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Happy St. Patrick's Day Boston! As any Bostonian knows, the city has a fine heritage of celebration on this day of Irish pride. It is said the first St. Patrick's Day Parade not only in Boston, but in the world, took place on March 17, 1737, and has of course, continued to this day.

This year, the Boston Police would like to remind residents to use some common sense and avoid the kinds of activities that end up with a personal injury lawsuit, or a pair of bracelets from Boston's Finest. The Boston Police Department Website says the city has planned for a festive, fun and hopefully safe St. Pat's Day, free from injury or property loss.

Bostik Explosion In Middleton May Lead to Stricter Safety Regulations

Authorities reported four workers suffered injuries after Bostik, a chemical plant in Middleton that manufactures glue and other chemicals for industrial use, exploded earlier this week. State police said the Bostik explosion caused an incredible amount of damage inside the plant, and the state fire marshal announced a level three hazardous material response because of the toxins in the factory.

"It's a serious event from the fire marshal's perspective," said Peter Judge, the spokesperson for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. According to the Boston Herald, firefighters have also checked to see whether any chemical containers may have been damaged during the Bostik explosion, making sure none of them could potentially contaminate the area surrounding the plant.

4-Year-Old Mark DiBona Dies After Falling Off Sears Escalator

Some Boston locals may have heard about 4-year-old Mark DiBona from Dudley, who recently died after falling off an escalator in the Sears department store in Auburn Mall. Worcestor County District Attorney Joseph Early said the incident occurred as the child rode the escalator with his family and a friend.

The boy had taken hold of the escalator railing but was suddenly pulled over, causing him to fall two floors down and onto the glass case of the store. The Boston Herald reported Auburn police officials and firemen arrived at the scene moments after the accident and brought the young boy to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he died a day later.

Boston Bikes: Safe to Ride the City Streets?

This week cyclists attending the annual National Bike Summit gathered in Washington. Ironically, the message to the bikers from at least one speaker was "don't wait for Washington" to do anything to help your metro area change its laws to help cyclists.

In fact, it was NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan advising local areas to take bike safety and ridership into their own hands, reports the D.C. Streets Blog. As she discussed the major and controversial changes in New York's Prospect Park West bike lanes, she also noted other major streets around the country where cities have initiated measures regarding bike safety. Sadik-Khan cited Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C., Broadway in New York, Market Street in San Francisco and Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

Who Pays for Clean Up of Multi-Colored Mess from Route 128 Accident?

Never has a traffic accident been so colorful, or left quite this kind of mess. Reports today of the rollover accident of a truck on the ramp from Route 128 North to Interstate 95 North in Peabody, say that ink cartridges spilled onto the roadway causing a major multicolored mess.

A tractor-trailer was hauling a load of industrial printer cartridges when it rolled over just after 6:00 a.m. the morning of March 9, reports The Boston Globe. The driver was uninjured.

Supreme Court Says No Penalty in Spygate Case Against Patriots

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Patriots fans in Boston might be happy to hear that the Supreme Court made the final call in the "Spygate" case against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. According to the Associated Press, New York Jets season ticket holder and lawyer Carl Mayer filled suit against the New England team for allegedly secretly taping the Jets' signals when the two teams met on the field over seven years.

No foul, said the U.S. District Court judge who originally heard the case. Mayer's claim was based on the legal theory that the fans who bought Jets season tickets were defrauded because the ticket holders were seeing a game that was essentially rigged. The Supreme Court, dismissing the appeal without comment, let the decision of the federal appeals court stand.

Thomas Kempenski Suffers Serious Injury After Assault On Ice

Eighteen-year-old Boston Junior Rangers hockey player Thomas Kempenski suffered serious injuries after an alleged attack occurred on the ice in February, reported WHDH-TV 7 News. Kempenski said he was trying to break up a fight between the goalie and one of his teammates when the goalie suddenly struck him in the face with his hockey stick.

"I pushed him in front of me and he turned around and swung his stick just aimlessly and hit me in the face," said Kempenski.

Slick Roadways Cause Multiple Car Crashes On Route 128

Several car accidents occurred on Route 128 this week as temperatures dropped to below freezing after the rain, causing ice to form on the roadways. State Police and the Peabody Fire Department were kept busy as they responded to a seven-car crash on Route 128 Southbound, close to the Lynnfield line.

The Peabody Patch reported the drivers were unable to avoid slamming into one another as they drove over slippery spots on the road, some of which were covered with black ice. Two people were injured from the inevitable series of crashes and were immediately taken to the Salem Hospital.