How To Prevent Amusement Park Injuries

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

From roller coasters, Ferris wheels, to water rides and carnival games, amusement parks have undoubtedly gained popularity as an attraction. These places have provided guests with a fun experience. However, that excitement can turn into horror when guests sustain a serious injury after riding in one of the rides. While the risk of being killed in an amusement park ride is at 1 in 750 million based on estimates by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), amusement park accidents can still happen.

The website of Williams Kherkher revealed that there are different causes of amusement park injuries and oftentimes the result can be devastating. Here are some safety tips to ensure that your family will have a great time with the different amusement park rides:

1. Observe the ride first before trying It out

At first glance, some rides may not look scary. Some start slow and may appear safe for the most timid rider. However, looks can be deceiving. So before boarding, watch the ride first. Likewise, observe the ride operator. If they look unqualified to handle the ride, by all means don’t let your kids ride.

2. Don’t assume that a ride is safe

While amusement parks are inspected and regulated, that does not mean that they are already safe. Park operators usually do not release the safety information of their rides so don’t think that these attractions are safe.

3. Check straps and ensure that lap bars are right for kids

When boarding a ride, always double check your safety gears yourself. While attendants will do that, there is nothing wrong with doing last minute checks yourself.

4. Follow all height and weight restrictions

Height and weight limits are not designed to prevent fun. They are there for safety reasons. So in order to prevent serious injuries, make sure to strictly adhere to these rules.

5. Resist the urge to stand up and extend your hand outside the ride

While amusement parks have safety features such as walls on either side, exposing your hands and feet is a “no-no.” It is important for kids, especially to understand the importance of safety instructions.

These 5 safety tips can help ensure that you have the best time of your life when taking your kids and yourself out for a ride in the amusement park.

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Understanding The Benefits of Roof Restoration

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Roof Repairs | 0 comments

Roofs can be subjected to wear and tear. During the rainy season, it catches a lot of rainwater and during the sunny day, it absorbs a lot of heat. The time will come when your roof will look worn and will also be leaking. If it is also nearing the end of its lifespan, perhaps you might be considering restoration or replacement. According to the website of Ware Landscaping, restoration is more affordable than replacement. This article will focus on the benefits of restoration.

It costs less

While roof replacement job is much more expensive in both labor and materials, restoration requires less labor and materials. Depending on the chosen roofing system, restoration will save you money.

It extends roof life

Exposure to varying weather conditions can cause wear and tear to your roof. Generally, commercial roofs have a life span of 20 years. Considering restoration will add another 10 to 15 years to its life. You can momentarily defer complete replacement and add the money you will save to future expenditures.

It is more sustainable

Restoration is a more environment friendly option since it allows reusing your existing roof. Aside from that, it can make your house more energy efficient. As a result, it will keep your home warmer in winter months.

It prevents leaks

Restoration is a preventive measure for roof deterioration. If water enters your home, it will result to damage and the growth of molds and mildew.

It increases the value of your home

If you plan to sell your home in the future, roof restoration can increase the selling value of your property. If potential buyers see that your house needs repairs, it is unlikely that they will buy it. They will see it as an additional expense to the cost of your home.

So before considering replacing the roof of your house, check these benefits first.

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Toxic Substances in the Workplace: A Major Cause of Danger to Workers

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Worker Injuries | 0 comments

In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was enacted by the US Congress, making it the first federal law that is aimed at ensuring safety of all workers and safety in all workplaces. This task, as specifically defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is geared towards making sure that “employers provide their workers a place of employment free from recognized hazards to safety and health, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions”.

The passing into law of the OSH Act was the federal government’s response to the widespread occurrences of workplace accidents that continuously injured millions of workers and took thousands of lives. But while OSH Act’s main purpose was enacting laws, enforcement of these laws and the setting of workplace health and safety standards were made the tasks of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which the OSH Act established in 1971.

Since it came into existence, OSHA, with the help of State and local governments, has worked to significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries in the workplace. Based on records from the US Department of Labor, because of OSHA, the average 38 daily work-related deaths in the 1970s is down to 13 a day (in 2014). Even work-related injuries which, in the 1970s, was at 10.9 incidents per 100 workers, is now down to 3.2 per 100 workers.

Injuries and deaths, however, are not only caused by dangerous tools, machineries, large and heavy equipment, snarled wires, or any other thing that would increase risk of accident (regardless of the type of workplace where workers perform their job). According to OSHA, there are also hazardous substances which can develop in workers a chronic, deadly disease that can keep them out of work and require continuous medical treatment.

More than 13 million workers in the US, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are affected by toxic substances and chemical hazards. One example of these hazardous substances is silica or crystalline silica, a very common mineral and a basic component of granite and sand. Silica has caused in millions of workers the development of pulmonary tuberculosis, lung cancer or silicosis, a serious lung disease. Those especially affected are foundry workers, miners and sandblasters.

Many substances, besides causing internal injuries due to inhalation of fumes, can also cause occupational skin diseases (OSD), like skin cancer, skin infection, irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis or other types of skin diseases. OSDs are, actually, the second most common type of work-related diseases among those whose line of work fall under construction, agriculture, printing or lithography, painting, cleaning, cosmetology,  mechanics, health care and food service.

As explained in the website of the Williams Kherkher law firm, taking reasonable safety precautions and making sure that workers and visitors are kept out of danger are part of a company’s responsibilities. This means that if an accident occurs due to an employer’s negligence (regardless of the cause of the accident: a faulty equipment, a dangerous condition, poor decisions by management or co-workers, or by exposure to dangerous substances), the injured will have the right to seek compensation for his or her injuries.

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Gun Suppressor Education

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Guns | 0 comments

Yes, gun suppressors or silencers, as they are popularly known, as legal to own and use in the United States. However, there are strict guidelines and requirements in order to possess gun silencers, and sit is important to know that gun suppressors are only legal in 41 states. Gun suppressors are under the control and jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with federal and state laws regulating them for civilian use.

There may be difference between states when it comes to the requirements, but generally, they may ask for the same qualifications. It is first important to know whether you state allows civilians to legally own and use gun suppressors. You should be a legal resident and citizen of the United States, and is legally qualified to purchase a silencer. You should be a resident of the 41 states that permit civilian gun suppressor ownership. There is also a mandatory BATFE background check that you should pass; this test is typically 60-120 days.

Because of the strict requirements and qualifications that come with owning gun suppressors, many gun enthusiasts tend to go away with just using their firearms without silencers. However, the benefits of silencers, such as integral suppressors from Suppressed Weapon Systems, make the trouble of applying for legal possession worth it. Gun suppressors are not only utilized by the military, they also help make hunting easier and safer when used properly and for the right reasons. Because of these benefits, the market for gun suppressors has been booming for some time now.

A license is not necessary in order to purchase a gun suppressor, although you may need to pay a one-time tax of $200 for every single suppressor you purchase. Those who are of 18 years of age are allowed to buy gun suppressors if they are from a Form 4 to Form 4 transfer according to the laws in your state, and if he or she is a trust beneficiary or a part of a corporation.

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Hit and Run Accidents: What Happens in the Aftermath?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Hit and run accidents are among the most alarming incidents that happen in American roads and highways. The fact that these accidents are becoming more and more prevalent contributes to this concern. As noted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, vehicular crashes where the driver at fault flees the scene have resulted in 1,449 fatalities in 2011. This is a significant increase from the 1,274reported hit and run fatalities during the year 2009.

While specific provisions may differ from state to state, traffic laws in America generally require drivers that have been involved in an accident to stop and wait for traffic enforcement to arrive at the scene. Drivers that have caused injury to another motorist or to a pedestrian are also required to provide assistance and share all information necessary to do so. Driving away from the scene of an accident is a gross violation and is usually met with severe punishment. Those charged with a hit-and-run violation may face license revocation or suspension, imprisonment, costly fines, and even the cancellation of one’s liability insurance.

Still, the aftermath of a hit and run accident is far grimmer for the victims involved in the crash. An injury caused by a major car collision is already dangerous on its own. It’s easy to imagine that such dangers increase when the victim is left at the scene extremely vulnerable and with little means to seek out medical assistance. When victims do receive the medical attention they need, they are often left financially burdened by the expenses required for their treatment. Injuries caused by major car accidents are also known to leave victims incapacitated. In most cases, victims will need to take time off from their jobs in order to recover properly and are left with no means of income for the time being.

Because of these consequences, the website emphasizes that car accident victims have the absolute right to pursue legal action against those who injure them in such a grave manner. This is especially true for victims involved in a hit and run accident. Aside from criminal charges, a driver who flees at the scene of a car wreck can also be pursued through a civil lawsuit where victims can claim just compensation for the damages they’ve incurred.

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