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Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Two workers narrowly avoided serious injuries after being thrown from horizontal metal beams at a construction site on the Boston University campus May 14. The accident happened when a steel column fell to the side, causing the adjacent beams to topple “like dominoes” and partially collapse the steel frame of what is slated to become a 13-story data sciences building…

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

The homeowner’s association for a luxury, oceanfront condo tower in Florida recently settled its construction defects lawsuit against the tower’s developer, contractors and architect for $17.5 million. The Regalia on the Ocean Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging construction flaws including improperly-installed pool joints, unsafe steam rooms and problems with sliding glass doors. As…

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Exposes Severity of Cyber Threats

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Exposes Severity of Cyber Threats

The ransomware attack that shut down one of the largest fuel pipelines in the U.S. and set off gas shortages and panic-buying is indicative of the growing cyber risk threatening American infrastructure, experts said in a recent USA Today report. Colonial Pipeline Co., which moves 2.5 million barrels of petroleum each day, was forced to discontinue operations May 7 after…

Prolonged Pandemic Strains Health Care Providers, Heightens Error Risks

Prolonged Pandemic Strains Health Care Providers, Heightens Error Risks

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the relentless pressure on health care workers continues to exact a toll. Just this month, dozens of nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Massachusetts went on strike to protest staffing shortages; a physicians union in Washington state staged protests over alleged safety violations and staffing shortages; and a national nurses union raised…

Popular ‘Vaccine Selfies’ Pose Cybercrime Risks, Experts Warn

Popular ‘Vaccine Selfies’ Pose Cybercrime Risks, Experts Warn

Data security experts are sounding the alarm to warn those engaging in the latest social media trend of sharing celebratory COVID-19 “vaccine selfies” depicting themselves holding their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination record card. Including these records in such photos, experts caution, could expose the kind of information—such as full name and date of birth—criminals use to commit…

New Outdoor Dining Structures Could Put Restaurants at Risk

New Outdoor Dining Structures Could Put Restaurants at Risk

A brewery in Michigan recently opened several “craft beer shanties” where customers can be served outside while indoor dining is temporarily restricted statewide. The owner of Brass Ring Brewing in Alger Heights reportedly modeled the enclosed wooden structures after ice fishing shanties and said they can be reserved in 90-minute blocks by groups of four, as long as the guests…

5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Season, Online and At Home

5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Season, Online and At Home

Cybersecurity experts are warning consumers about a new scam that capitalizes on the pandemic forcing many seasonal gift shops and pop-up markets to go virtual this year. In a scam alert issued on November 13, the Better Business Bureau said cybercriminals are using copycat shopping event sites and social media pages to charge admission and steal credit card data. In…

Driverless Deliveries, Contactless Restaurants: Shift to Digital Alters Liability Landscape

Driverless Deliveries, Contactless Restaurants: Shift to Digital Alters Liability Landscape

Walmart will soon begin testing a grocery delivery program that uses autonomous vehicles, the retailer announced November 10. The pilot program, a partnership with California-based driverless car company Cruise LLC, will send grocery orders directly to customers in Cruise\'s electric, self-driving cars. The program, set to launch in Scottsdale, Arizona early next year, builds on an express delivery service Walmart…

Google Parent Company Pledges $310 Million to Settle Shareholder Lawsuits

Google Parent Company Pledges $310 Million to Settle Shareholder Lawsuits

Google parent company Alphabet Inc. recently agreed to a $310 million settlement of shareholder lawsuits accusing the internet search giant of mishandling sexual misconduct allegations lodged against executives. In the settlement, Alphabet pledged to invest $310 million in diversity, equity and inclusion programs at Google over a 10-year period. It also agreed to more than 80 updates and revisions to…

Student, Employee Records Made Public after District Denies Hacker Ransom

Student, Employee Records Made Public after District Denies Hacker Ransom

Last week, the personal data of employees and students in a Las Vegas public school district with about 320,000 students was made public after the district refused to pay a hacker’s ransom. The released documents contained Clark County Public School District personnel and student records, Social Security numbers, addresses, grades and other private information stolen in an August 27 ransomware…

Architects, Engineers Sued for Negligence, Defects in $1.5 Million Beach Cabana Project

Architects, Engineers Sued for Negligence, Defects in $1.5 Million Beach Cabana Project

In a lawsuit filed on August 11, the Barefoot Resort Residential Owners Association claimed experts found 13 construction defects in its $1.5 million beach cabana project. The North Myrtle Beach community’s homeowners association subsequently terminated contracts with the architect and general contractor, citing defects in design and construction that included the use of materials unsuitable for a coastal environment. Five…

90% Spike in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases as Schools Begin to Reopen

90% Spike in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases as Schools Begin to Reopen

A Georgia high school that made headlines for its packed hallways and unmasked students announced Aug. 9 that it would close for at least two days after it identified nine cases of COVID-19. Six students and three staff members tested positive for the virus after the first week of in-person instruction at the school, one of the first to reopen…

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