May 8, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs. The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
May 8, 2013 |
THE FEDERAL Occupational Health & Safety Administration has launched an inspection into working conditions at Philadelphia International Airport in response to a series of complaints filed last week on behalf of subcontracted baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants. The inspection, which can take up to six months, is a standard response to work-condition complaints, OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said. The complaints allege that some airport workers employed by the subcontractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services, which does business in Philly with US Airways, United and Southwest, do not receive training on how to help handicapped passengers, are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids without protection and are forced to use faulty equipment.
April 15, 2013 |
On this same weekend a year ago, because she couldn't walk, Julia England would recharge at the same time as her power wheelchair. Her best friend, Sami Musumeci, would wheel her into a storage room. "We have to plug you in," Sami would tell her, insisting Julia rest. "You can't fight me on this. " Julia and Sami are seniors at Rowan University and co-chairs this year and last of the Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society. This year, Julia, back on her feet, would need to pace herself, a verb not usually in her vocabulary.
April 7, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - One minute, Renata Glasner is watching the waves crash on Leblon beach from her wheelchair. The next, she's plowing through the turbulent waters, riding the choppy waves on a specially adapted surfboard. Glasner, 35, a graphic designer who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago, is one of dozens of disabled people - with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people missing a limb, the blind, the deaf and even the paralyzed - on this special strip of Rio de Janeiro beach who are conquering the waves.
March 25, 2013 |
Ramon is a likable 17-year-old with a wonderful personality and a brilliant smile that draws people to him. He is known for his sense of humor and pleasant, friendly manner. Ramon takes pleasure in pleasing others. He is skilled at dealing with change and building relationships with people he is just meeting, and thrives on one-to-one attention. Ramon expresses himself well and understands some Spanish. Ramon enjoys watching television, listening to music, attending birthday parties, and spending time with friends.
December 17, 2012 |
Several years removed from his football days in South Jersey and at Lafayette College, Ed Carter rolls his wheelchair toward his pets' cage, opens the door, and plops one of his two ferrets atop his lap, gently nuzzling and kissing the one he calls Slinky. "These guys," he said, nodding at the cage that sits in a dining room that was converted into his bedroom, "have helped me get through a lot. " For Carter, 30, a man who barely escaped death four years ago, this holiday season is special.
December 7, 2012 |
ATLANTA - An elderly man opened fire on a woman after her car came into contact with his motorized wheelchair at a central Georgia service station, authorities said Wednesday. She died shortly afterward at a hospital despite the efforts of a crowd of people to aid her. Police said that Linda Hunnicutt, 65, was driving onto the gas-pump bay of the service station in Macon at about 1 p.m. Tuesday when her Buick Lucerne and the motorized wheelchair bumped. Hunnicutt stepped out of her vehicle, and the man in the motorized wheelchair pulled a handgun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.
November 30, 2012 |
HOWARD AND ANN Korsen never complain about caring for their disabled daughter, Mara. But don't get them started on what it's like to haggle with insurance companies over her care. "It's emotionally and physically draining to have a disabled child," says Howard, 60, who lives with his family in Mount Laurel, N.J. "But Mara didn't ask for this. We're her parents, and we owe her the best we can give. It only feels unfair when we deal with the insurance company. " Mara is 17, but developmentally she's practically a toddler.
September 13, 2012 |
After three hours of testimony that left even the defense attorney moved to the brink of tears, Christopher Easton, 21, a high school dropout from Northern Liberties, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of Kevin Neary, a self-employed businessman who lived in the neighborhood. Neary, 29, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was walking home Nov. 15 after a night out with friends when he was mugged on Bodine Street within view of his front door.
July 31, 2012 |
The disabled man said he had never seen the two people who showed up at his door, but allowed them to enter his apartment anyway. They proceeded to beat him, yank him out of his wheelchair; drag him "like a rag doll" from the kitchen to the living room, and make off with his 55-inch TV, an X-Box 360, and painkillers, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said this morning. They then took the cellphone from the 37-year-old unnamed victim, who has muscular dystrophy, and threw it behind a chair to keep him from calling for help.