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Dog attacks pose problem to postal workers nationwide

On May 13, the U.S. Postal Service released its ratings of the cities in the United States where postal workers have been most frequently attacked by dogs. Dog attacks against postal workers and others happen everywhere in the United States, especially large cities such as Atlanta. The rankings show that frequent attacks occur in large West Coast, East Coast and Midwest cities in particular. Homeowners can be held responsible for any accidents, including dog attacks, which happen on their properties and damage others, including postal workers. Inadequate security measures and protections against animals, especially vicious ones, can result in deaths or major injuries to postal workers and others.

Second Augusta bicycle crash prompts investigation

Two back-to-back bicycle crashes in Georgia have prompted state officials to begin investigating ways to lower the incident of bicycle-related injuries and fatalities. The most recent wrongful death occurred when a 34-year-old man was riding his bicycle on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Authorities report that the man had only a small reflector and an orange vest wrapped around the top bar which was not enough to make him visible to cars approaching from the rear. The area in which the victim was killed also lacks street lights, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Workplace conditions cause fatal accidents and illnesses

A recent report from the AFL-CIO reports that more than 150 people a day die from work-related illnesses or injuries. While overall workplace safety in Atlanta has steadily improved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed, the fact is that nearly 137 people a day die from diseases related to work, and another 13 are lost through workplace accidents or injuries. While the fishing and logging industries have the highest wrongful death rates, workers in public sector jobs like nursing and fire safety are the most likely to have non-fatal injuries and serious illnesses.

Georgia woman attacked in a shopping center parking lot

A Georgia woman was attacked and robbed while in the parking lot of a shopping center. The victim may have been put in danger by inadequate security on the premises.

Georgia authorities arrest alleged robber

Georgia residents may be able to rest a little easier now that two men who were suspected of committing a variety of robberies in three counties have been arrested in Conyers. In addition to other crimes, the two men are suspected of robbing two customers at gunpoint by a Wells Fargo ATM machine, making it a dangerous property for bank customers. Atlanta Police, Conyers Police and Georgia Pardons and Paroles collaborated to investigate and arrest the two suspects. Identifying the suspect's vehicle as a stolen vehicle when the robberies occurred helped the Morgan County Sheriff's Office to identify the suspect. Police arrested the 21-year-old suspect without incident on April 25, 2013 while he was in a stolen vehicle and in the possession of a stolen weapon.

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