Safety & Security: Emergency Response
Recent Tragedies Put New Focus on Shallow Water Blackout
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2011
The July deaths of two 21-year-old men in a Staten Island, N.Y., public pool brought increased attention to shallow water blackout - a largely unknown and potentially fatal condition that occurs when an insufficient amount of carbon dioxide is available to activate the body's natural impulse to breathe. Swimmers and free divers who practice prolonged underwater breath-holding are particularly at risk.
Second Man Dies in Staten Island Breath-Holding Accident
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2011
A second man has died following an underwater training accident at a public pool on Staten Island. The New York Daily News reports that 21-year-old off-duty lifeguard Jonathan Proce died Sunday at New York Presbyterian Hospital following an exercise at Lyons Pool last Wednesday in which he and his friend, Bohdan Vitenko, also 21, were practicing underwater breath-holding.
Videographer's Death Calls Scissor Lift Safety Into Question
by Paul Steinbach November 2010
By all accounts, Declan Sullivan loved his job as a student videographer for the University of Notre Dame football program. But he also recognized the risks. Before going to work Oct. 27, a day that saw extreme high winds whip through South Bend, the 20-year-old tweeted, "I guess I've lived long enough." Once aloft in a 50-foot scissor lift, with wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour, genuine panic ensued. "This is terrifying," Sullivan typed.
One on One: Baseball Fan Hollye Minter Recalls Fall from Stands
by Paul Steinbach July 2010
Ever wonder what it would be like to fall out of an upper deck? Hollye Minter would tell you, if only she could remember. Everything between losing contact with a 30-inch-tall railing on the Home Run Porch at The Ballpark in Arlington and landing on the Care Flight helipad at Parkland Hospital in Dallas is a blank. That was April 1, 1994, opening day of the Texas Rangers' new stadium, and Minter — who, on her 26th birthday, suffered a fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs, a broken shoulder and six broken teeth - was reminded of at least some aspects of her ordeal last month, when a man fell 30 feet out of the first row of the Ballpark's club level. Paul Steinbach spoke to Minter on July 7, the day after Tyler Morris became the second member of an unenviable Rangers fan club.
AEDs Save Lives, But Only If You Maintain Them
by Andrew Cohen July 2010
Kathy Margiasso, fitness director at Mount Kisco (N.Y.) Athletic Club, joined a really special club last week when she saved a 64-year-old member's life with an automated external defibrillator. Told that the member (whose name was withheld) had fallen off a treadmill and was unconscious, she told the club manager to call 911, grabbed the AED, shocked the victim and, with the help of personal trainer Val Yasovic, performed CPR until EMTs arrived. According to First Aid Corps, the member was stabilized at a nearby hospital and underwent double bypass surgery the following day.
10 Steps to Managing Critical Incidents at Commercial Pools
by Michael Popke June 2010
Following 10 important steps before, during and after a critical incident can keep swimmers safe and aquatic facility operators out of legal trouble.
Ballpark Fall Turns Fatal at Miller Park
by Paul Steinbach May 2010
Having reported on fatal falls involving ballpark upper decks, I was particularly shocked to read minutes ago of a death involving a fan who fell 14 feet from a lower-level railing at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Heightened Awareness of Concussions Changing Culture of High School Sports
by Michael Popke November 2009
Heightened awareness of concussions is changing the culture of prep sports.
by Cathy Liewen October 2009
Last Sunday, Jon Fenlon, Daniel Langdon and Rick Brown, ages 26, 36 and 65, all collapsed and died while running a half-marathon in Detroit. What made these deaths unusual was that they all happened within 16 minutes of each other during the last two miles of the 13.1-mile race. While the autopsies are still pending, the deaths were most likely caused by heart failure. Add these deaths to the list of fatalities during recent endurance events (half-marathons claimed two lives in San Jose, Calif., earlier this month and another in Virginia Beach, Va., in September), and it's enough to make even avowed couch potatoes break a sweat.
In Florida, Health Clubs' Duty to Stricken Patrons Doesn't Go Far Beyond Dialing 911
by John T. Wolohan December 2008
In Florida, health clubs' duty to stricken patrons doesn't go far beyond dialing 911.