Monthly Archives: March 2012

National Safety Council 2012 Congress & Expo

 

Dates: Oct. 21-25, 2012

Location: Orange County Convention Center, West Building
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

For information on attending this event, please visit http://www.congress.nsc.org/nsc2012/Public/enter.aspx

 

2012 Joint Annual Meeting of the Safe States Alliance & CDC Core Violence and Injury Prevention Meeting

 

Dates: May 1-4, 2012

Location: Buckhead Marriott and Conference Center
405 Lenox Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

For information on attending this event, please visit https://m360.safestates.org/event.aspx?eventID=38812

 

Family Wants Lawmakers To Pass A Bill Protecting People From Stray Voltage

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)— The family of a Baltimore County teenager electrocuted in a city park is pushing lawmakers to prevent it from happening again. Weijia Jiang has more on the huge rally to help them fight.

Deanna Green would have turned 20 this week, but her life was cut short at 14 when she was electrocuted by stray voltage.

“We don’t want this to happen again. We don’t want anyone to feel how we feel, to go through what we have and what we’ll go through until we’re six feet under,” said Nancy Green, Deanna’s mother.

On Tuesday, Green’s parents, Nancy and Bubba—a former Baltimore Colt—led a rally at the state capital to push lawmakers to pass a bill named after their daughter.

In 2008, Deanna died after touching a metal fence at Druid Hill park. It was on top of an exposed wire underground; 227 volts jolted through her. The law would require utility companies to check wires underground anywhere the current flows, like near sidewalks, street lights and manhole covers.

“In order to find the problem that killed our daughter, surveying needs to be done and we feel this is the way to find it and repair it,” said Bubba Green.

The Greens are not only fighting here in Annapolis, they’re traveling across the country because they say what happened to Deanna could happen anywhere.

“It’s still unreal and unbelievable that could just happen,” said Noah Pielow.

Noah Pielow , along with dozens of others, traveled from New York City and Washington DC to support the bill.

“Our concern is this is a silent killer,” said CORE Executive Director George Holmes.

One the Greens hope never claims another life.

“I could not…I could not sleep if I were doing nothing,” Nancy Green said.

Right now, subcommittees in both the House and Senate are considering the bill. They could vote sometime this week.

The Greens have also filed a lawsuit against the city of Baltimore. A judge has not made a ruling yet.

 

Family of girl electricuted after leaning on fence is pushing for tougher inspection law

A committee vote on a bill that would require utilities to inspect all underground power cables for stray voltage could come as early as today.

The family of Deanna Green is pushing for the bill.  Green was just 14 years old when she touched a fence at a softball field in Druid Hill Park back in May of 2006.  The fence had been electrified by a damaged underground cable.

Green died at the softball field; her mother saw it happen.

“She was just there, not aware, not listening. I was calling for her, Deanna? Deanna? No response. And then I saw her just falling,” Nancy Green said.

Last year — after lobbying from the Greens — the state’s Public Service Commission ordered electrical testing of parks and recreational areas around the state.

“It doesn’t get any easier we’ve just gotten stronger. We’ve gotten stronger to fight for what’s right,” said Deanna’s father, Anthony Green.

Now the Greens say the PSC’s regulation doesn’t go far enough.  They’re calling on the General Assembly to pass what they are calling the “Deanna Camille Green Act of 2012.”

It would force public utilities to inspect all underground electrical wires, statewide.  “The wires are decaying, and they’re fraying and electricity is seeping into the ground. In the right condition, it will kill someone,” Anthony Green said.

Testing would be done with a special truck that it detects stray voltage as it drives around, allowing technicians to find and repair underground wires.

The Greens say they’ve gotten resistance from utility companies; they hope their story will convince legislators in Annapolis to think about what happened, and what could happen again.  “I just want the delegates to go home and look at their own children,” Anthony Green said.  “And ask themselves how would they feel if this was their children. How far would they have carried this if this was their children. Would they have given up the fight? We haven’t given up the fight and we won’t give up the fight.”

A vote on the Deanna Green Act could come up as early as Thursday in the House Economic Matters Committee.

Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/state/family-of-girl-electricuted-after-leaning-on-fence-is-pushing-for-tougher-inspection-law#ixzz1pCYN9i25

 

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