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January 2016 Archives

Do bike or ski helmets encourage risky behavior?

The famous car chase scene in the movie "Bullitt" starts with Steve McQueen carefully fastening his seat belt. It is just a lap belt, of course, but the movie was made in 1968. At any rate, that moment, that click of the buckle, signals the viewer that something dangerous and exciting is about to happen. Before McQueen takes his foot off the brake, the audience is on the edge of their seats.

Now you're cold as ice, and so are the sidewalks (p.2)

We are continuing our discussion of a workplace injury case that settled in December. The victim is a Cook County construction worker (a subcontractor) who slipped on ice at the construction site and seriously injured his back. The injury led to complications that have kept him from re-entering the workforce in any capacity. He sued the general contractor for failing to keep the site clear of ice and snow.

You're not cold as ice, but the sidewalks might be

So far, winter in O'Fallon has been a bit erratic. The temperatures have fluctuated dramatically over the course of a week, going from a 10-degree high on Sunday to a 50-degree high just two days later. While the warmer weather is not necessarily a bad thing, it does make it harder to dress in the morning.

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