PRIMA RiskWatch
April 14, 2011

JFK runway collision spotlights dangers
on the ground

USA Today
The violent collision between a double-decker Airbus A380 and a regional jet at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport is a sobering reminder that the ground can be a dangerous place for an airliner. Air France Flight 7, flying the largest passenger plane in the world, was taxiing toward takeoff at 8:08 p.m. when its left wing struck the tail of a Comair jet.More

Hospital safety plan may save lives, money
A hospital patient care and safety initiative aimed at preventing medical errors and hospital-acquired infections could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars, U.S. government and industry officials said recently.More

2 bidders protest Honolulu's rail decision
Honolulu Star Advertiser
The two losing bidders of Honolulu's rail car contract, Bombardier Transportation and Sumitomo Corp. of America, filed protests with the city recently. Last month the city announced its intent to award the contract to Italian-based Ansaldo Honolulu, which proposed a contract valued at about $1.4 billion, including $574 million to design and build the rail cars.More

The consequence of a dirty bomb attack
The Hill
This past week New York conducted a major emergency preparedness exercise to practice its emergency ability to detect and respond to a radiological dispersion device, or "dirty bomb." We cannot know the likelihood that Al Qaeda or related groups might acquire such a weapon, but the evidence that they possess both the desire and the capacity is compelling enough that authorities have chosen to invest scarce resources to prepare.More

Mountlake Terrace, Wash.: No medical pot shops here
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Anticipating a possible new state law aimed at facilitating the medical marijuana business in Washington, the Mountlake Terrace City Council has adopted a moratorium on such facilities in the north Seattle suburb.More

'Crazy' killings scare some in beach towns
Residents of Long Island, N.Y., neighborhoods where bodies have been found in a suspected string of serial killings said recently that the findings are "eerie" and "frightening" and have left some families shaken. But other residents said that because of what's known about the killings and the victims, they are not afraid of being targeted.More

Town ends Taser use by its officers
The Charlotte Observer
Citing liability concerns, Stallings, N.C., abandoned Tasers early this year. Nearby Monroe recently added the weapons, and police officers completed training in their use about a week ago. Stallings police have had Tasers since 2008, but the town discontinued them in January to reduce its liability risk, Chief Michael Dummett said, declining to elaborate. He was careful not to criticize Monroe or others that choose to use Tasers.More