Reducing Construction Site Accidents through Strict Observance of OSHA Regulations

Oct 22, 2016 by

Though job-related accidents that result to injuries, illnesses or deaths are always possible in any type of work environment, accidents in construction sites still account for the highest number of injuries and fatalities. Every year, more than 800 deaths and thousands of injuries result from construction site accidents which are actually nothing more that consequences of others’ acts of negligence or carelessness.

Federal and state laws which mandate the creation and maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment for the safety of all employees is strictly enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The federal and state health and safety standards required by OSHA of all employers are meant to benefit 30 million workers in more than 8 million work sites all across the nation.

Since OSHA came into existence in 1971 (as an offshoot of the Occupational Safety and Health Act or OSH Act of 1970), it has made a profound effect in the industrial field, significantly reducing the number of injuries by 67% and deaths by 65%. Thus, from the 38 daily fatalities registered during the 1970s, the strict implementation of OSHA rules, especially during the last few years, has resulted to only 12 daily fatal accidents (in construction sites) during the 2012 period.

Besides the OSHA-identified “Fatal Four” or four major causes of accidents (falls, being by struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught-in/between), there are also scaffolding problems, vehicle accidents, and crane collapse accidents.

Getting hurt in a construction accident, which can happen suddenly and without warning, can leave people seriously injured and struggling to cope with the consequences of their injuries which include costly medical treatment, loss of wages and recovery treatment, among others. Due to these, plus the pain and sufferings undergone by the victim, Milwaukee injury attorneys point out the possibility and possible eligibility of victims to take legal action against the liable party to pursue compensation for their medical bills and other losses. Liable party can include their employer, the building or property owner, contractors, and/or machinery manufacturers.

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Improper Treatment – A Medical Mistake so Many Doctors Try so Much to Hide

Aug 4, 2016 by

An 88-year old man suffering from second and third degree burns on his buttocks and heels was admitted to a hospital where he was placed on his stomach, without IV. He was provided a glass of water, only it was placed on a night stand that was out of his reach.

Due to his position, he regurgitated acid from his stomach but couldn’t drink when he needed to. As a result, the acid from his stomach burned his esophagus. After a couple more days, he began suffering from severe dehydration and organ failure. He lost his capability to talk or swallow anything and, after nine days, his body was just too weak to continue bearing the severe suffering. He died.

Though the hospital and the man’s doctor explained to the family that the cause of death was the man’s very weak condition even during admission, this did not hinder the family to go to court to get full disclosure. The medical board that investigated the man’s case found that the hospital was actually guilty of 26 different errors which eventually caused the old man’s suffering and death.

For many patients and patients’ families, questioning a doctors’ judgment is be difficult. Though they have all the right to do so, they worry that this may send a wrong message to the doctor, who may interpret queries as lack of trust. They should know, however, that even the best and very famous doctors, like everyone else, can commit mistakes and that, sometimes, they actually do. Some of these mistakes are improper treatment.

As different from wrong diagnosis, in an improper treatment case, a doctor has correctly diagnosed his or her patient and, therefore, knows exactly what the patient’s health problem is; however, for whatever reason, this doctor provides the patient with the wrong treatment.

There are different ways through which improper treatment may be committed, some of these include:

  •  Giving a patient the wrong dose of a drug;
  •  Prescribing a drug to a patient despite such patient’s known allergy to such drug;
  •  Delaying, rushing, or performing an unnecessary or a dangerous treatment;
  •  Inadequate monitoring of a patient; and,
  •  Failing to take the necessary measures which will prevent a disease.

In their website, improper treatment lawyers from the Hankey Law Office says that it is critical that victims of medical malpractice hold doctors accountable for their actions and get the compensation they deserve. This is because besides the new injuries a patient may be made to suffer, improper treatment also does not address the patient’s original health problem, making this problem worse and, thus, require more expensive medication.

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Types Of Car Seat Infants Should Use

Apr 20, 2016 by

Expecting parents often are excited to buy stuffs for the upcoming new member of the family. Baby clothing, diapers, baby strollers, and infant toys are carefully chosen by parents for their baby. Parents, however, should also carefully choose the car seat that will be used by their baby. According to the Mayo Clinic, the #1 mistake parents make when selecting car seats for their children, is to buy used car seats without properly researching that seat’s history.

Child seats in vehicles are required to protect younger children and babies in an unfortunate event of a crash. Child seat use are required because vehicle seat belts are not protect younger children during crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a children car seat recommendations to guide parents in buying car seats. New born babies until the age of three are only required to ride in a vehicle with a rear-facing car seat. Children who have already exceeded the size limitations of rear-facing car seats may use forward-facing car seats until approximately reaching the age of seven. Booster seats on the other hand are required to children whose maximum age is 12 years old. Booster seats are used to firmly secure a child while restrained by a regular seat belt. Children whose age is 12 years and older may no longer use car seats as they can be restrained by seat belts. Car seats often come in different designs depending on the child’s age and built. Parents may want to check the NHTSA official website if they want to know more information about child car seats.

According to the website of the Spiros Champaign Law Firm, it is important for parents to carefully choose the right car seat that should be used by their children to protected them from serious injuries caused by other vehicles. Children are left seriously or fatally injured when they got involved in car accidents. Parents unfortunately often have to deal with expensive hospitalizations when their younger loved ones are injured in such accidents.

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For the Gun Enthusiast

Nov 5, 2015 by

For gun enthusiasts, suppressors are handy tools that provide a number of benefits. Contrary to what the movies portray them to be, gun suppressors, or “silencers” as they are commonly known as, does not necessarily silence the sound of the gunfire, rather they lessen the distinct sound of gun shots to varying degrees. In some countries, gun suppressors or silencers are monitored by their firearms legislations. In the United States, gun suppressors are classified as silencers according to the National Firearms Acts of 1934, and are under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) as dictated by federal law.

A very good gun suppressor makes it hard for people to detect the shots from other natural or environmental noises, while bad ones may not be able to hide the sound of the gunshot being fired. Most suppressors can still give way to a measurable amount of noise because the sounds are leaving from the ejection port and the projectiles produce noise when the gun is fired. In order to combat this, there are low-powered distinct ammunition and/or gas systems which can be turned off and subsonic bullets that cancel the sonic cracks of the bullets in-flight. It is important to choose the right gun suppressors in order to get the best benefits from gun suppressors.

Aside from reducing the sounds of gunshots, silencers are often used by the military for their ability to lessen the visual signature, since muzzle flashes during night fights can be very dangerous. Good gun suppressors also reduce the dust and sand signatures when shooting prone. Many people are more familiar with the detachable silencers, but there are other types of gun suppressors, such as the integral ones. Integral suppressors are the types where the suppressors are part of the rifle or pistol barrel, often built around it. They are often permanent and can be very effective in reducing the visual and audible firing signatures. Although albeit costly to buy and maintain, integral suppressors products from Zion Armaments, and others in the market, does bring more affordable alternatives that makes them a very popular choice for gun owners.

Integral suppressors from Suppressed Weapon Systems, along with other types of suppressors, are deemed a practical and useful support to guns. However, the use of them in the United States is still censured and is usually not legally allowed to use for hunting. Because of the many benefits of gun suppressors, many gun owners hope that it will be recognized as a very useful aid to various shooting activities.

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The Role of Negligence in Truck Accidents

Jul 29, 2015 by

The frequency by which traffic accidents occur in America is becoming increasingly worrisome. This is particularly true for accidents involving large trucks such as 18-wheelers, big rigs, tractor trailers, and the like. According to information gathered by the Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS, the year 2013 saw 3,062 fatalities cause by crashes where a large truck is involved. The institute found that 67 percent of the victims were riding in regular passenger vehicles. 16 percent of the victims were truck drivers, and another 15 percent of the victims were bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians.

There’s no surprise as to why large truck accidents are especially dangerous for motorists and pedestrians. As the IIHS notes, these trucks are often 20 to 30 times heavier than cars. A truck can weigh in at about 80,000 pounds, while a car is only roughly around 4,000 pounds. This huge disparity also makes it difficult for drivers to control trucks. Compared to a regular car, trucks need to cover a longer distance before being able to come to a full stop. The size of the vehicle also leaves truck drivers vulnerable to more blind sports or “no-zone” areas.

Still, it’s important to note that truck accidents aren’t simply caused by these factors. While the discrepancy in size and weight heightens certain risks, it is negligence that plays a crucial role in most of the truck accidents reported in America. In most cases, truck accidents are caused by a negligent error committed by the driver or by a careless mistake made on the part of the company in-charge of operations.

According to the website Toronto personal injury lawyers, truck driver negligence can take many forms. The most usual cases of truck driver negligence include committing errors and violations such as drifting between different lanes, failing to properly signal when stopping or turning, using brakes unnecessarily or drastically, failing to yield or give way, ignoring stop lights and traffic signs, as well as speeding. On the other hand, examples of examples of negligence by trucking companies include failing to properly train newly hired employees, hiring unqualified individuals, violating hours of service regulations, and failing to maintain the vehicles in their fleet.

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