Posts by Tim K.

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, they may be held liable for a premises liability lawsuit. 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.

According to an informative article from the website of New Jersey personal injury attorneys, 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 according to SeniorAdvice.com 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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Dangerous Driving

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Trucking | 0 comments

With millions of motorists on the road daily around the state, it is necessary that drivers honor the driving rights and prerogatives of other motorists and individuals traveling. Often, nevertheless, motorists act recklessly, endangering themselves and anyone who comes near them. Having the capability to recognize a reckless driver can be helpful for someone because actually should you not be able to avoid a collision caused by a reckless motorist, you may be able to state precisely how that driver was acting, reinforcing a claim against her or him. Having specific particulars could be extremely advantageous when attempting to take action against another driver, as you will find numerous kinds of dangerous driving.

As said on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reckless driving is accountable for several injuries per year in the US, many of which could have been prevented with more responsible driving behaviors. Though driving also can lead to significant financial strain for casualties, in addition to causing harms. Because several injuries caused by automobile accidents need expensive hospital treatment or emergency as well as vehicle fixes, casualties of dangerous driving mishaps could be facing weeks, sometimes years, of spending invoices related to their accident. However, a rash driver may actually lead to spending a victim monetary compensation to cover these costs.

Telltale Signs of Dangerous Driving

In line with the website of Sampson Law Firm, there are lots of particular driving violations that a driver that is reckless might perpetrate, including speeding, running red lights, and tailgating. These behaviors signify a motorist is just not paying enough focus on the dangers that are inherent in using a motor vehicle and are all not significantly safe. Several of the very frequent signs that a driver is driving carelessly include:

  • Swerving between lanes without the need for signals
  • Suddenly starting or stopping a vehicle
  • Cutting other drivers off
  • Gesturing or wildly at motorists that are additional
  • Neglecting laws and all traffic signs

These signs might signal that the motorist is a danger to those around her or him and is behaving alarmingly. You can be due fiscal damages in case you have been in a collision with somebody who acted in these or other reckless etiquette’s.

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