Bunk beds manufactured by American Woodcrafters and sold exclusively at Havertys have recently been recalled.
According to the Consumer Safety Products Commission (CSPC), the support rails of the beds can break creating a fall hazard.
About the Bunk Bed Recall
An estimated 1,900 Cottage Retreat II bunk beds are being recalled.
So far, two cases of the beds support rails breaking have been reported. In these incidents, children did fall from the bed and sustained bruising.
Both Havertys and Woodcrafters are contacting consumers about the recall.
Havertys is offering to repair the bunk beds free of charge. The repairs consist of replacing the rails.
Description of American Woodcrafter Bunk Beds
- The bunk beds were manufactured in Indonesia through American Woodcrafters and are called “Cottage Retreat II” bunk beds.
- Bunk beds were sold in two combinations; twin over twin and twin over full.
- A side ladder can be found on the furniture.
- Beds were sold in white finish.
- On the inside of one of the four rails, a label is attached which has the SKU number 6310-9771, Made in Indonesia, and American Woodcrafters printed.
- The Cottage Retreat II bunk beds were sold exclusively by Havertys at stores nationwide as well as online on the havertys.com website.
- Prices ranged from $600 to $1,000.
- Havertys sold the bunk beds from September 2011 to March 2014.
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About the Construction Accident
According to CBS 6, William Brice Seay was working at a job site in Jetersville. Virginia located in Amelia County when he was fatally injured in a construction accident. The Glen Allen native had been attempting to secure metal straps around rafters so the crane operator could place the rafters on top of a home being built on Dash lane.
Witnesses state they saw lights flash and immediately afterwards heard a loud boom. Seay was reportedly electrocuted by what Southside Electrical Co-op officials say was 14,400 volts of electricity flowing through the lines at the time of the accident.
Perry Cosby, a witness, said workers and neighbors surrounded the victim after the accident while an unidentified man gave him CPR despite Seay being unresponsive. Witnesses called 91, but investigators confirm the victim died on route to a Farmville hospital.
Hunter Tate, who lives down the street from the construction site, says he knows what the family will endure in the weeks to come. “I feel sorry for his family and my heart goes out to them”, said Tate. Tate’s father was killed on a job site seven months ago when he fell from a beam and broke his neck after landing on his head.
Investigators state no charges will be filed. By law, Southside Electric has 24 hours to report the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Construction Accident Statistics
OSHA has provided the subsequent information:
- 19.3% of worker fatalities in 2012 were in construction.
- Construction’s “Fatal Four” include: falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught in/between.
- Electrocutions were responsible for 66 deaths in construction in 2012.
- Elimination of the “Fatal Four” would save 437 workers’ lives in America every year.
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About the School Bus Accident
According to Fox 4 Now, the accident occurred around 3 p.m. at the intersection of US-41 and Old 41 in Fort Meyers, Florida.
A Chevy SUV had stopped behind traffic at the intersection, and the school bus, filled with 32 students from Island Coast High School, stopped behind the SUV. A Toyota Highlander then struck the back of the bus.
Eight children and the bus driver were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the Highlander, Robert Frost, 68, was transported to the hospital as well but later died from his injuries. The couple in the SUV was not harmed.
It has been reported that speed played a role in the accident and that Frost was not wearing a seatbelt.
School Bus/ Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states:
- 174 school-age children died in school-transportation-related crashes from 2003 to 2012.
- Since 2003 there were 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,222 were school-transportation-related.
- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles states:
- In 2012, there were 281,340 traffic crashes in Florida. That is an average of 770 crashes per day.
- Those 281,340 crashes involved 2,430 fatalities and 198,032 injuries.
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