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Kolkata: The West Bengal CID, on Thursday, ruled out any foul play in the “mysterious” disappearance of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) question papers, claiming it actually “happened by accident”.

According to Inspector General, CID, Vineet Kumar Goyal, the packet of the question paper fell from the bus that carried them and was picked up by a truck driver.

Following inputs from eyewitness Abdul Quasim, CID sleuths tracked down the truck driver and his helper who had picked up the packet of the question papers.

“The truck driver admitted that his helper picked up the packet but after seeing that only papers were inside he threw them away,” Goyal told media persons.

“We interrogated the driver several times and could not establish any criminal intent,” he added.

Originally scheduled for August 30, the TET examination conducted by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE), was rescheduled first to October 4 and subsequently to October 11 after a bunch of question papers “mysteriously disappeared” while being transported to Hooghly district.

The state education minister, on August 28, announced about the disappearance of the question papers and rescheduling of the exam.

Besides directing WBBPE to initiate legal action against the postal department, the state government handed the probe to the CID.

The disappearance of the question papers led to a political slugfest with the ruling Trinamool Congress blaming the postal department which was entrusted to transport the papers, while the opposition Left Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party called it a “scam” and alleged Trinamool’s involvement.

While the Left Front demanded a judicial probe into the matter alleging the Trinamool was involved, student and youth wings of the Left parties on Tuesday took out a march to the Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum to Governor KN Tripathi seeking his intervention.

(IANS)

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What Can Cause a Slip and Fall Accident?

Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident?

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While slips and falls are not the primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, they are the leading cause of lost days from work, and they cause about half of all accidental home deaths. Pixabay

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), which is a non-profit that was established to prevent slips, trips, and falls using education, research, and standards development, slips and falls lead to one million emergency room visits in the United States every year. While slip and fall are not the primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, they are the leading cause of lost days from work, and they cause about half of all accidental home deaths.

Fractures (and hip fractures in particular) are a common consequence of falls, and they occur in about 5% of all people who suffer a fall. Furthermore, falls and fractures are more common in elderly individuals, and about half of all elderly adults who suffer a fall and a fracture are unable to return home or even live independently after suffering the fall.

These are alarming facts and figures, so we must ask ourselves: What are the fundamental reasons for slip and fall accidents?

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

The most common causes of slip and fall accidents are as below: 

Surfaces That Are Wet or Uneven 

Potholes, carpeting that is not properly installed, loose mats, changes in floor material, loose floorboards, cluttered floors, and uneven flooring or sidewalks can lead to slips and falls. Even at slow walking speeds, a change in surface friction or a change in traction can lead to a nasty fall, broken bones, and other forms of personal injury.

Weather Conditions

Hazardous weather conditions such as rain, sleet, and snow can lead to outdoor slips and falls. Property owners and city municipalities have a responsibility to keep streets and the various walkways used by pedestrians on the property in question clean and clear of slip and fall hazards.

A Lack of Training

Many workplace slips and falls occur as a result of improper training, especially in the manufacturing and construction fields and in factories and warehouses. These industries often require workers to walk back and forth between stockpiles of inventory or between workstations and across narrow, poorly-lit, or slippery surfaces.

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Fractures (and hip fractures in particular) are a common consequence of falls, and they occur in about 5% of all people who suffer a fall. Pixabay

Neglect in Elderly Care Facilities

Although it may not be obvious at first, neglect in the likes of nursing homes and other elderly care facilities are a leading cause of slips and falls since they involve the demographic that is at the highest risk of slips and falls, to begin with. If the administrators of nursing homes and elderly care facilities fail to satisfactorily monitor and assist their residents, slips and falls are all the more likely to occur.

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Get Help

Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident? Speak to a slip and fall accident lawyer today. Depending on where and how your accident occurred, anyone from a property owner, business owner, employer, city municipality, or a maintenance contractor can potentially be held liable for your accident and for the injuries and damages you suffer as a result. Call today for a private consultation about the laws that apply to your specific case and to learn more about filing a claim.