Posts by Tim K.

Bikers Should Change Their Image

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Motor Accidents, Motorcycle Accident Attorneys | 0 comments

It’s perhaps the oldest stereotype in the world about bikers that they are risk takers. Sometimes they’re rebels, sometimes tough guys, and sometimes just free spirits, but it’s always assumed that the guy or girl on the bike is some sort of daredevil. Perhaps that makes Even Knievel the patron saint of the motorcycle stereotype. To non-bikers, the assumption is we’re all on our way to jump through flaming hoops and try to fly over a row of buses lined up, probably also on fire.

That isn’t really true, though. Like many groups, the stereotype really only gets at the surface of the truth. Motorcyclists are attracted to the freedom their bikes offer them, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily all swashbuckling risk takers or stuntmen waiting for an audience to perform their next daring trick.

The real truth is that motorcyclists are, on the whole, a very careful lot, who have respect for the power and the risks associated with the machines they ride. Bikers may seem carefree when they whiz by you in traffic, but they are all too aware of their speed and are focused on keeping control, often much more so than the drivers in their cars watching them pass.

This stereotype is in many ways quite harmful. It leads to bikers being blamed for accidents they didn’t cause. Did you know, for instance, that 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents happen because the driver of the other vehicle turns left without noticing the guy on the bike?

Imagine how many of those bikers were found liable just because of the stereotypes running against them.

Perhaps what we need to do is change the stereotype. As much as we all like that rebellious stereotype, we all know most bikers aren’t part of a biker gang or part of a stunt crew. Instead, most of us are professionals, parents, students, and otherwise docile and respectable members of society.

What we need is to make that at least part of the image associated with the biker. Not just a guy clad all in leather but a guy who has a business suit on underneath, a guy rushing home to get to his kid’s ball game. If more people saw that side of bikers, we might see more attentiveness to our presence on the road, and we might see fewer cases going against us when there is an accident.

One thing we can be sure of, motorcycle accidents are no joke, and it’s not worth the possibility of getting hurt just to maintain the rugged image that Hollywood and others have mocked up for us. We’re just as deserving of safety on the road as anyone else, and if people saw us more like themselves (just a little cooler), we’d be sure of getting that safety.

I personally think the tradeoff would be worth it.

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Ways of Extracting Weld Fumes

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Clean Air Solutions | 0 comments

Some of the most dangerous airborne contaminants in manufacturing facilities are produced by weld fumes, and weld fumes still become much more dangerous when metallic particulates mix with these. Due to the less than the micrometer sizes of these metallic particulates, these can easily be inhaled and absorbed into the body, and move through the lungs and into the bloodstream faster.

Effects of exposure to weld fumes include, and usually start with, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. More serious than these, however, is “metal fume fever,” which is caused by prolonged exposure to weld fumes. Besides this “metal fume fever,” which involves flu-like symptoms, exposure to weld fumes can also cause stomach ulcers and damage to the kidney and the nervous system. Exposure to weld fumes that contain toxic metals, such as hexavalent chromium or manganese, is most dangerous, though as this can result to more serious diseases. Manganese, in particular, can cause manganism, a neurological condition that is similar to Parkinson’s disease; hexavalent chromium, which is a known carcinogen, on the other hand, can cause cancer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency assigned to regulate exposure to inhalable metallic particulates, especially in welding facilities. To control the presence of these harmful particulates to tolerable level, OSHA has set what is called the “permissible exposure limits” (PELs) in order to protect workers’ health. Manufacturers who fail to comply with the PELs regulation face the risk of fines, lawsuits and reputational harm.

In the website of RoboVent, it is explained that welding fume extraction may be effectively and efficiently accomplished in a number of ways. The only question manufacturers need to answer is which method is right for them, considering their facility’s available space, layout and the amount of dust and contaminants generated.

Ways of extracting weld fumes include:

  • Portable Weld Fume Smoke Extraction. These are self-contained systems that enable workers to capture weld fumes from any location. When production lines or welding cells must remain flexible, these systems safeguard workers, no matter the situation.
  • Use of source capture weld fume extraction equipment. There are different types of these, including: (i) the Backdraft Hoods, which sucks smoke away from the source at a table or workstation. This is actually the best solution to handle weld fumes; (ii) the Hi-Vac Fume Guns, which capture fumes at the tip of the weld gun. Lighter version of these Hi-Vac fume guns can capture as much as 90% of weld fumes; (iii) Hi-Vac Hoods which, like the fume guns are positioned close to the weld point—sometimes via magnet—but are not physically attached to the weld gun. The larger surface area of hi-vac hoods can reduce the required suction to capture weld fume while providing shielding for the operator against spark and UV exposure; (iv) the Fume Arms, which are more common in manual welding environment because they are relatively inexpensive; and, (v) the Overhead Hoods, which are positioned over a welding station and are a great choice for robotic welding. These may also be used in manual welding, but should not be used for high-volume manual operations.
  • Laser Welding Fume Extraction, wherein a series of intense, highly-focused light beam pulses quickly heat and melt weld material instead of typical filler. Given the tightly focused nature of the laser beam, heat transfer is minimized to the weld location meaning parts can be handled almost immediately.

 

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Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Premises Liability | 0 comments

Property owners should make sure that their places are safe for others. If they fail to do this responsibility, it could be considered negligence and they may be held liable for a premises liability lawsuit. Many attorneys specialize in cases regarding negligent behavior. One instance of a premises liability lawsuit is called the slip and fall accident, where a person has been injured or killed because of a slip or a fall that has been caused by the dangerous condition of the premises.

It should be mentioned, however, that the property owners should be proven to have created the condition, knew that the condition existed, and failed to correct the condition. It should also be proven that the condition has been there long enough to be discovered and corrected.

Slip and fall accidents and premises liability may be caused by a lot of things, including the following:

  • Broken stair handrails
  • Defective equipment in playgrounds and other recreational facilities
  • Ice and snow, especially in driveways, sidewalks, walkways, and steps
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Potholes, particularly in parking lots of commercial establishments

As you can see from the examples above, slip and fall accidents can happen either inside or outside the premises. In the interior of the premises, some examples include slippery floors with no barriers or warning signs, excessive or uneven application of floor wax or polish, and the unnecessary use of floor treatment especially on sloping or inclining parts of the floor.

Escalators, elevators, and stairs are also known to cause slip and fall accidents. The escalator and elevator mechanisms can catch clothing and hair, and may be susceptible to sudden jerks. Stairs, on the otherhand, have the risk of being slippery and having debris like pieces of paper and gum.

In the case of the exterior of the premises, it is mostly about buildup of ice, snow, and other potentially hazardous elements that can cause slip and fall accidents. Parking lots are also particularly prone to such accidents because of poor design that may cause tripping or poor maintenance that may cause potholes and other defects.

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Understanding the cost of assisted living

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

The main drawback of assisted living is that it can be quite expensive like any other elderly care residences. In fact, assisted living annual cost may range from $25,000 to $30,000 for one elderly, the Department of Health and Human Services noted. The price range may even go higher depending on the facilities and services or programs offered to elderly.

Elderly may decide assisted living mostly if they want to have independence and make reasonable and realistic choices of living in their own. In assisted living communities, elderly are provided with their own apartment units that often have emergency signaling devices. The residents are then monitored and checked up by support staffs. Generally, highly-trained professionals like nurses, caregivers, support staffs, security guards, chefs, and other contract workers consists the assisted living community workforce. Residents are provided assistance to their everyday activities. Assistance may vary depending on the condition of an elderly. A disabled elderly may be assisted in feeding, getting dressed, bathing, or using the bathroom. Some elderly on the other hand are being assisted in their everyday medications. When looking for an assisted living facility, make sure that all the care and services your elderly will need are in the program.

Assisted living is also expensive due to other services that they offer to residents. The saying “you get what you pay for” absolutely applies in choosing assisted living residences. There are assisted living environments that are similar to high-end resorts. Such luxury assisted living facilities might have extra amenities like beauty salons, movie theaters, and massage therapists. Prices of assisted living can also go up if the apartment units have a wonderful view outside. On the other hand, price is considerably affordable if the services or facilities of an assisted living are only basic for an elderly.

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