Air Quality in the Workplace

Air quality in the workplace is essential for many reasons. Not only does it ensure that a company is operating within the law and therefore avoiding fines, but it is also morally the right thing to do. Workers show up expecting their employer to respect them and provide them with the best working environment possible. This goes both ways, too—if employers work to provide their workers with a positive working environment, they will get the best productivity out of their workers. Ensuring that a workplace’s air is pure and free of toxins is an essential step to take to gain the trust and hard work of employees.

A workplace with contaminated air has a massive negative effect on productivity, for several reasons. Particulates in the air are common in manufacturing facilities, where welding creates “weld fumes” containing microscopic particles of metal. If not properly managed, these weld fumes can seriously impact employee health. These health issues could range from something as innocuous as sore eyes and throat to something as serious as cancer. It’s the moral thing to do to protect employees from even minor health risks, but the business motivations for maintaining a healthy workplace extend far beyond that.

It’s been proven that unhealthy working environments, in addition to being immoral and illegal, are serious drains on worker’s productivity. The illnesses and health risks associated with unsafe air bring with them an increased error rate from workers, costing companies a massive amount of lost time. Workers who are in an unsafe workplace are also likely to get sick more often and call in, creating hours of lost productivity every day. On top of these issues, facilities that don’t prioritize their workers’ health aren’t likely to keep those workers for long. If an employee is getting constantly sick at their workplace, they will eventually have no choice but to look for greener pastures. If the employer doesn’t respect its worker’s right to a healthy environment, workers have no reason to be loyal or hardworking for that company.

In order to prevent all of the problems that come with inadequate air filtration, facilities should be sure to invest in comprehensive systems to keep their air clean. Fume collection systems pay for themselves many times over in increased productivity and decreased absenteeism, and give both the employer and the employee a peace of mind that the air in the workplace is, in fact, safe to breathe.

Safe workplaces are essential in maintaining and recruiting a workforce. The demand for welders has risen greatly in the last few years, and companies looking to hire will have to deal with intense competition from other firms. Being a workplace that values and protects its employees is one of the most important factors in recruitment and retention and ensures that employees will be satisfied. A safe workplace is just the right thing to do, and it pays tangible dividends.

The Dangers of ATV

ATVs, also known as all-terrain vehicles, are used both for labor and recreation, especially in farming and off-roading. But because of the diverse use of ATVs, many people utilize them, and therefore many people are also at risk of ATV accidents.

Injuries

ATV accidents may involve enough force to cause injury or death. The most common injuries involve the brain, such as concussions and severe brain traumas. These can be sustained from hitting the head on a hard surface, like a boulder, or getting hit in the head by a projectile or the ATV itself. Below are some of the other injuries you can sustain in ATV accidents:

  • Broken bone
  • Chest injury, particularly in the ribs
  • Dislocation
  • Neck and back injury
  • Spinal cord injury, including paralysis

Legal Issues

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in an ATV accident may have legal options. This is especially true if the accident involves negligence or recklessness from a third party.
Typically, this third party is the ATV driver while the victim is a passenger or a passerby. But it is not uncommon for ATV designers and manufacturers to be held liable as well because of inherently dangerous designs, use of poor materials, and use of incompetent manufacturing processes and techniques.

Safety Tips

Not because you have legal options it already means that you can be reckless. You can still be at fault especially if you are the one who is negligent or reckless. For example, if you are under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or impairing medication, you are putting yourself in danger if you decide to ride an ATV.
ATV safety is not complicated. In fact, you can stay safe by using your common sense. Below are some of the things you can do to minimize the risk of ATV accidents. They are arranged in chronological order.

  • Get ATV training
  • Wear the right gears before riding
  • Bring a communications device
  • Check the ATV for defects
  • Don’t take passengers
  • Don’t ride alone
  • Avoid reckless behaviors, such as speeding and abrupt turning

The Differences of Assault and Battery

Assault and Battery are often charged together, but it is important to note that they can be separate offenses. Assault refers to the threat of harm, causing reasonable fear to the victim, while battery refers to the actual act of harming. It means that when someone has threatened another person, this someone may be liable for assault, but not battery. If this someone has really harmed the person, he or she may be liable for battery.

The reason why assault and battery are almost always charged together is the fact that, most of the time, those who harm other persons threaten them first before committing the harming act.

Assault
The person threatening the other should have the means to pull off the threat, giving the other reasonable fear of harm. For example, shoving a gun in front of a person may be considered assault, because the gun is already there and the threatened person has reason to believe that he or she is about to be harmed.

But the presence of weapons is not just the factor that determines assault. Even mere threats of violence in the future can count as assault, especially if the person is believed to have the means and machinery to really harm the threatened person.

Battery
Battery is violent physical contact. If a person hits another with a baseball bat, cuts another with a knife, or punches another in the face, he or she may be charged with battery, especially if the physical contact has resulted into physical injury.

But take note that battery does not just involve the use of weapons and other violent acts. Even simple behaviors like pushing another person may count as battery. The key is that the person appears to have the intention to harm another, even if the victim has not been harmed in the most basic meaning of the term.

Defense
Since assault and battery can be very complicated, these charges may be exaggerated and misunderstood, resulting into unfair fines and penalties. These consequences can be serious and greatly affect the life of the accused. But according to the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., these charges can be defended. This proves that the law is willing to hear the sides of both accused and accuser, which is a good thing.

Cell Phone Use – The Rising Cause of Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths

Walking has tremendous health benefits; this is the reason why, in 2013, at least four million Americans said they preferred to walk to the office, while 860,000 said they rode a bike. A report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on the number of pedestrians killed in traffic says, however, that there has been a six percent increase in the number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians during the first six months of 2015 as compared with the same period of the previous year: from 2,232 – 2,368.

While cars are now more crashworthy compared to 10 years ago due to the safety features these are now equipped with, these features protect drivers and passengers during a crash. Pedestrians, on the other, hand remain vulnerable and, with the rise in U.S. pedestrian fatalities, pedestrian safety continues to be a problem across the country.

The GHSA identifies the increase in the number of:

  • Americans walking for health;
  • Motor vehicle traveling;
  • Miles traveled by motor vehicles;
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers and pedestrians; and,
  • Pedestrians and drivers who are more engrossed in using their cell phone while walking or driving, respectively.

Based on a study made by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) researchers on accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians, it is reported that drivers of passenger vehicles are more distracted than ever. As expected, this very recent study corroborates results of studies conducted years ago which say that the ones most prone to engage in distracted activities while driving are younger drivers, particularly teens.

Though alcohol is still a major contributing factor to pedestrian accidents, accidents due to cell phone use is continuously on the rise. Though quite funny, but definitely exasperating, 53% of adults, according to the Pew Research Center (a non-partisan American “fact tank” based in Washington, D.C.) have bumped into something as a result of distracted walking; one man in La Crescenta, California even came within feet of a 400-pound black bear.

In 2013, about 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries, while 4,735 lost their lives. A pedestrian, as defined in the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Fact Sheet, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down.

As explained by Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, vehicle versus pedestrian accidents occur more often than many realize. An accident tends to have worse result, though, if the vehicle involved were an SUV or a truck because vehicles with a bumper height that is above the waist level has the tendency to throw a pedestrian forward and run over such pedestrian, resulting to more severe, if not fatal, injuries.

General Motors and Chapter 11

Perhaps the most notable bankruptcy in the recent decade is that of the infamous General Motors. As the poster child of the recession, it perfectly showcased the economic decline of the United States and its strong recovery since. From its controversial government bailout to its vast company overhaul, GM has managed to emerge out of bankruptcy stronger than it ever has been.

General Motors filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1, 2009, and was the fourth largest filing in U.S. history. Chapter 11 bankruptcy also known as the “reorganization” plan, allows for a company to retain ownership as a debtor in possession so long as the company be restructured and revitalized. The company was then completely reorganization from the bottom up, selling 4 of its 12 brands as well as undergoing a major brand marketing overhaul. From there, GM was able to secure its famous 51 billion dollar government bailout. The U.S. Treasury used the money to buy GM stock and thus flood it with investment money, however, the Treasury only managed to receive back 39 billion of tax payer money upon selling its shares. According to Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, the debtors reorganization plan must be approved by the creditors committee before approval of the application. The government was clearly well aware of General Motor’s business plan and whether the Treasury should of offered GM a loan instead of buying stock is still a debated topic today. After only one year, GM was able to raise 20 billion dollars at its IPO which was the largest IPO launched in history at the time.

From the depths of bankruptcy, GM has now been able to see huge profits earning 22.6 billion only 5 years after filing for bankruptcy. The bailout was said to have saved 1.2 million jobs and 34 billion in tax revenue, according to USA Today. The GM bankruptcy does raise the question whether a business can be too big to fall and its implication on a free market. Regardless, GM has returned from bankruptcy as a fine-tuned money making machine, making cars faster and better than ever before.

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