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Can slip and fall in the workplace be prevented?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Slip and Fall | 0 comments

Based on the data released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slip and fall never fails to make it in the list of the leading causes of death in U.S. construction sites every single year. This means that employers, employees, and other stakeholders still have a long way to go in completely eliminating slip and fall death in the construction industry. But, is it really possible to avoid slip and fall accidents in the workplace? A very simple answer is yes. However, doing so requires not just a simple yes. It requires your commitment to do these right things:

Hire right

According to WorkSTEPS, pre-hire tests could be important in the construction industry, as it may help employers select workers who are adept in meeting the demands set by the industry. And employers don’t have to worry about discrimination laws. Functional capacity assessments are specifically designed not to be discriminatory, which means assessments such as these will only have to evaluate areas that are directly related with how applicants will perform their jobs.

Plan right

Employers and employees should work hand in hand in planning to eliminate slip and fall risks in the workplace. Supervisors, for instance, should find ways on how to ensure that the job will be done safely. Employers and contractors, on the hand, should plan ahead what safety equipment to buy or rent to reduce slip and fall risks.

Equip right

According to the lawyers at Hach and Rose, workers should be equipped with fall protection equipment (FPEs) to keep slip and fall accidents in the workplace at bay. And FPEs should be heavily dependent on the project, too. For instance, a roofing endeavor would require a personal fall arrest system to keep construction workers safe.

Train right

Finally, employers and contractors should take initiative in increasing awareness about the potential dangers that may result in slip and fall accidents, and how to eliminate or reduce them. This can be done through regular safety training. Workers should also learn about the proper set up and use of safety equipment to avoid construction falls.

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When Airbags Fail

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Airbags | 0 comments

Recently, Japanese airbag maker Takata has been compelled by different authorities around the world to recall and fix its airbags that may explode when triggered, spraying front seat occupants with shards of plastics and metals at a speed so high that it can be fatal. To date, several deaths have been recorded in association with the issue, and several hundreds more have been injured. More and more people that have been harmed by the airbag are now filing for legal action against the manufacturer to seek compensation from the damages they have incurred.

Supposedly, airbags are triggered when there is a sudden decrease of acceleration, which happens when the car hits another car or a hard, immovable object (a wall, or a tree). When the airbag detects sudden deceleration, it would trigger the propellants contained inside the envelope, creating a very fast chemical reaction that generates gas. This gas inflates the airbag, providing front occupants ‘cushion’ during hard collisions.

However, Takata’s airbags are equipped with a new component that instead of inflating the bag, it causes the bag to explode, making the occupants more prone to cuts, lacerations, bruises, and blindness. According to personal injury lawyers from Rhinelander, (visit their website to learn more), some severe instances of Takata airbag explosions even resulted in deaths.

Airbags are always expected to inflate properly in times of troubles. But, as a car owner, you should also be aware that there are occasions wherein airbags do not deploy. Here are some of them:

During angular collisions – If you have been side-swept or rear hit by a car, your front airbags are less likely to deploy. However, newer cars are now equipped with side airbags, which deploy during side collisions.

During a fender bender – A slight car crash might not be enough to deploy airbags.

When you hit a moving object – Your airbags are least likely to deploy when you hit a moving object, such as animals, a pole, or worst, a pedestrian.

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Understanding the different causes of male breast enlargement

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Male Breast Enlargement | 0 comments

Male breast enlargement, scientifically known as gynecomastia, typically affects men during their years of puberty. In rare cases, however, adult men can also develop this condition. Enlarged breasts among male may cause body image issues, and may ultimately result in low self esteem and depression. In most cases, gynecomastia is treated either with medications or surgery, which means a person with this condition may also have to deal with added medical costs and possible treatment side-effects.

There are many different causes of male breast enlargement. For those who have developed this condition at an older age, lower testosterone level could be the culprit. Lower testosterone production could be a result of andropause, a phase comparable to menopause among women.

Apart from low testosterone levels, certain medications could also result in gynecomastia. According to www.williamskherkher.com/practice-areas/defective-pharmaceuticals/risperdal/, the use of anti-psychotic drug Risperdal has been associated with several cases of male breast enlargement. In fact, the website of lawyers from Williams Kherkher says that there have been waves of Risperdal users who took legal action against its manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, due to its failure to warn about the drug’s gynecomastia risk.

Men can also have enlarged breast tissues during their puberty if there is an imbalance between female sex hormones (estrogens) and male sex hormones (androgens). Adolescent males who suffer from gynecomastia might be producing more estrogens than androgens. If this is the cause of a person’s breast enlargement, the condition is considered self-limiting and may go away after a certain period of time.

Male breast enlargement is usually accompanied by tenderness. In severe cases, however, milk discharge (galactorrhea) may also be present. To treat gynecomastia, your doctor might require you to undergo treatment to manage the underlying cause of breast enlargement. Low testosterone level-induced gynecomastia, for instance, might be treated with testosterone supplements. Liposuction, or the removal of breast fat, may also be recommended to reduce the breast size. Ultimately, removal of swollen breast tissue (mastectomy) might be performed to treat gynecomastia.

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Chapter 7 bankruptcy: What’s in it for me?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

For those whose financial status is in great disarray, one way to get back on track is through filing for bankruptcy. But no matter how practical, achievable, and logical filing for a bankruptcy is to most circumstances, many are still reluctant in taking this step due to one thing: stigma. Many people still tend to think that someone who filed for bankruptcy was someone who has been irresponsible with his finances. Although this could be true to some, most people are wedged in financial trouble due to many different reasons that they cannot control: sickness, lay-offs, death in the family, divorce.

Depending on your circumstances, there are different types of bankruptcy that can meet your specific needs. For those with no stable income or whose income is below the average, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy would be the best option to get out of debt. With Chapter 7 bankruptcy, an applicant might be able to discharge or “wipe out” certain types of debts, usually the unsecured ones (debts that creditors don’t have a lien on).

According to the website of Raleigh Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyers at the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, credit card charges are the most common type of unsecured debt that a Chapter 7 bankruptcy may take care of. Personal loans from family and friends, medical bills, and utility bills are also usually discharged. Penalties arising from auto accidents may also be wiped off, unless it was a result of DUI. In some cases, dishonored checks are also discharged, as long as it is not related to fraud.

One limitation of Chapter 7 bankruptcy, however, is that it cannot protect you from secured debts, or debts with lien. So, filing for Chapter 7 usually will not prevent creditors from repossessing your home, your car, or any of your property used to secure a loan. Also, debts acquired after filing may not be covered by Chapter 7 filing, even if they are unsecured.

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