The Role of Maintenance in Slip and Fall Accidents

By on 2-11-2016 in Construction Accidents

There are many ways for a person to slip, fall violently into the ground, and injure himself. But they have one thing in common – someone has been negligent, and most of the time, it is not the victim.

Property owners are legally obligated to make their properties safe from slip and fall accident hazards. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in slip and fall accidents because of negligent property owners may be able to take these property owners to court.

But how does a slip and fall accident happen exactly? There is always a catalyst that triggers the slipping. The slipping leads to a violent fall, and if it is violent enough, it may even result into injury. A slip and fall accident can happen either inside or outside the property, and below are the most common causes:

·       Inside

o   Defective escalators, elevators, or stairs

o   Slippery substances that are unattended, such as pipe leaks and spilled drinks

o   Slippery substances that warrant warning signs, such as floor waxes

o   Worn carpets, rugs, and other textiles

·       Outside

o   Buildup of ice, snow, or water

o   Debris and trash

o   Poor lighting

o   Uneven floors, such as those with cracks and potholes

If you will notice, all these causes are preventable, and in one way or another, all of them are maintenance issues. Facilities like escalators should regularly be inspected. Slippery substances should be cleaned or at least barriered. Worn items should be replaced. The property’s exterior should also be regularly cleaned to avoid buildup of ice, snow, water, and even debris like leaves and rocks. It should also be maintained to avoid pavement defects like cracks and potholes. Last but not least, it should also have adequate lighting to avoid visibility issues that may cause slip and fall accidents.

This is where the property owner’s negligence come into mind. Because the property owner has failed to maintain his premises, and this failure has resulted into a slipping and falling accident and injury, he can be taken to court because of premises liability, under slip and fall accidents.

Why is Workplace Dust Dangerous?

By on 2-11-2016 in Construction Accidents

Dust is an occupational hazard for all workers out there, from farmers and manufacturing plant workers to bakers and office employees. Here are just some of the different forms of dusts in different industries:

  • Cotton dust, mostly from textiles such as cotton, wool, and even leather
  • Metallic dust, mostly from cadmium, lead, and other industrial and manufacturing materials
  • Mineral dust, mostly from coals, silicas, various rocks, and fibers such as asbestos
  • Organic dust, mostly from grains, animal excrements, and other agriculture and farming materials
  • Wood dust, mostly from wood processes such as cutting, sanding, and scraping

The secret to effective dust exposure prevention is to acknowledge that dust exposure is a risk present in the workplace and it needs an immediate solution. Both the employer and the employee should make the effort of preventing or at least minimizing dust exposure, but it can be argued that the employer has a bigger responsibility.

The employer can rely on simple tactics, like requiring an employee to wear adequate protective gear, or complicated tactics, like installing an adequate ventilation system that can filter dust, such as that from RoboVent.

But why is it so important to prevent dust exposure? It can be a health risk, particularly to the workers because they are the ones who are constantly exposed to the dust or particulate.

Eye Irritation – The eyes are particularly vulnerable if they capture particles, because they have the tendency to be irritated. This can be a minor problem, but it can be also serious, like when the temporary compromised or lost vision can cause an accident or a ripple effect in the workplace.

Skin Irritation – Dusts and other particulates may contain chemicals that irritate the skin, resulting into dryness, itching, redness, and even scaling. There are also instances where these chemicals cause skin cancer.

Lung Complications – Speaking of cancer, dust exposure, especially dust inhalation, may result into lung cancer. But cancer is not the only complication one can sustain, as there is asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia.

Explosions and Associated Injuries – Dusts, especially when collected into clouds, may also spark into a flame, explode, or both. These accidents may result into burns and traumatic injuries from blasts, fires, shockwaves, and flying projectiles.

Common Mistakes in High Net Worth Divorce

By on 2-11-2016 in Construction Accidents

Divorce is already emotionally taxing. But it becomes even more stressful because of all the legalities involved. This is especially true when you have a high net worth, because of the complications associated with assets, properties, and other liabilities.

According to the website of the high net worth divorce attorneys of Kirker Davis LLP, the fair division of these belongings can be very difficult for judges and attorneys handling the case. You don’t want to make the situation worse by committing the following mistakes associated with high net worth divorce.

Letting emotions get in the way
Divorce involve a variety of emotions, such as anger, guilt, jealousy, and relief. But emotion has no place in the divorce process, especially because financial agreements are at stake. Control your anger and jealousy, as your eagerness to get revenge and inflict damage on your partner may result into greater financial damage on your side. If you let guilt and relief take over, you might end up giving up assets unnecessarily.

Signing documents without second thought
Divorce is stressful and it can take a lot of your time, but it doesn’t mean that you can be reckless just to get over it as fast as possible. Always understand the agreements first before signing them. Also, make sure to consult your lawyer to ensure that the agreements go with your best interests.

Failing to account liabilities and assets
A financial affidavit needs to be filled up completely. This is something you should take seriously, because improper accounting of your liabilities and assets might result into taking liabilities that should not be yours and giving up assets that should be yours.

Hiding assets
You may be tempted to hide assets to limit the ones that are at stake of being divided between you and your partner. But this act is almost always exposed, compromising your credibility and casting doubt on all the other actions you have done during the divorce process.

The Zero Tolerance and Anti Texting-while-driving Laws

By on 2-11-2016 in Construction Accidents

Drunk-driving, reckless driving, driver error and overspeeding (as well as driving too slowly and too fast during poor road condition) are listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. From the more than five million car crashes recorded annually, more than two million individuals suffer injuries, while more than 32,000 lose their lives.

NHTSA reports also show that usual traffic violators, as well as usual victims of fatal car crashes, are young drivers, whose ages range between 17 and 24. Studies show that while young drivers, mostly students, are aware of traffic laws and say that they would never want to share the road with traffic violators, they, themselves, admit of having violated traffic rules when asked about specific road behavior, such as driving under the influence (DUI), texting while driving, speeding, and so forth. These same drivers expressed confident control of the wheel, though, despite the violation, which they said were still safe, based on their own standards.

With the intention of significantly reducing the number of car accidents, which always cause property damages, injuries or death, the NHTSA has become stricter in the enforcement of road safety laws; it has also passed new laws, such as the anti texting-while-driving law. In some states ban has, likewise, been imposed on the use of any type of text-based communications on mobile devices, such as computers and phones, which are used to send text or email messages. This anti texting-while-driving law is aimed at discouraging any act that would cause distraction – a serious threat to pedestrians, other motorists and everyone else on the road.

Another law that was passed (which will limit any chances of DUI among teenage drivers) is the Zero Tolerance Law. According to the website of Spiros Law Firm, this law specifically prohibits those under the age of 21 to drink and drive. Minors who will be caught violating this law are bound to have their driving privileges immediately suspended, as well as suffer the harsh punishments imposed in their state.