WASHINGTON – Plans to improve D.C. cab driver safety, like cash-free payments and panic buttons, are receiving renewed attention after a driver was shot and killed in Adams Morgan earlier this week.
District officials pledged to take steps to better protect cabbies and the public Wednesday at a cab safety public round table that had been planned even before the fatal shooting.
“This is a heck of a warning bell that we’ve gotten right now,” D.C. Councilman Jim Graham said of Tuesday’s shooting. “It is a dangerous job. So the question for us as the government of the District of Columbia is to say, ‘How can we make this less dangerous’?”
Other cities require a protective barrier between drivers and passengers. The use of credit cards instead of cash can also be a deterrent to robbery.
“Had we been successful (in) achieving the cashless payment system that we had put forth a year ago, it would have included in the vehicles a safety device which is generally called by the media a panic button,” says Ron Linton, who heads the D.C. Taxicab Commission.
Even if such safety measures had been in place, Linton says it’s not clear if it would have made a lifesaving difference in the Adams Morgan shooting. The safety device is still in future plans for D.C. cabs.
“I don’t think we can afford to continue to do as little as we’re doing about driver safety,” Graham says.
Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who chairs the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, organized the roundtable to discuss the implementation of a new taxi law approved last year.
The law requires taxis to accept credit cards, install passenger and driver safety devices, and adopt a uniform color, among other changes.
Cheh wanted to determine the extent of safety problems and to hear ideas to address violence, assaults and harassments in D.C. cabs, both to drivers and riders. But driver safety was the primary topic of discussion.
Solomon J. Okoroh, 57, of Lanham, Md., was shot inside his cab along Ontario Road NW after he was robbed by two passengers early Tuesday morning. Two men fled on foot but were quickly caught by police.
Ercell Overton, 32 of Northwest D.C., is charged with Okoroh’s murder along with burglary and assaulting a police officer. Police arrested the second man, Joshua King, 24 of Hyattsville, Md., on an unrelated charge of violating probation.
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- More area cabs moving to credit cards
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er a rural Kentucky family suffered an unspeakable gun tragedy late last month, that sad story, unfortunately, became new fuel for the scorching debate over gun control. When 5-year-old Kristian Sparks shot his 2-year-old sister with a rifle he had been given as a gift, opposing factions either defended rural America’s gun culture or denounced it.
Having grown up in the Deep South’s gun culture, I feel nothing but sympathy for the Sparks family. One child is dead; another will be scarred for life. And Caroline Sparks is just one of many: The careless handling of guns sends Americans to their graves with mind-numbing frequency.
Indeed, in the days since she died, other children have been wounded or killed in accidental shootings. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an average of eight Americans under the age of 20 are killed by firearms every day. While urban children are more likely to be homicide victims, Brady says, rural children are more likely to be suicides or victims of accidental shootings.
But the mindless political punches and counter-punches do little to curb the death toll. If concerned grown-ups really want to save children from accidental gun discharges, we ought to separate those gun accidents from the broader debate over gun control.
Instead, let’s discuss this as a child-safety issue. There are plenty of precedents in American cultural history for focusing on child safety even if it impinges on the convenience of adults. One of the best examples is the decades-long crusade to make child-safety seats a familiar part of child care.
That doesn’t mean it will be easy to bring some commonsense child-safety measures to routine gun use. Too many factions are eager to keep any discussion of guns locked into a doctrinaire set of talking points. And, of course, the National Rifle Association will have no use for even the mildest reforms.
For years, the NRA has insisted that children ought to be armed for sport shooting right alongside their parents; it offers firearms safety courses to protect them from injury. However, while safety courses are a good idea, they are no substitute for age-appropriate gun handling, adult supervision, or safe storage of firearms.
The availability of firearms courses may have lured some parents into believing that preschool- or elementary-aged children can handle weapons prudently without supervision. That’s just ridiculous.
To reinforce that, we need a crusade on the proper supervision of young sport shooters, as well as safe storage of weapons when they are not in use. Adults who fail in their responsibilities, allowing children to be hurt or killed, should face criminal sanctions.
That won’t be an easy cultural shift: In homes already facing a tragedy, local law-enforcement officials will be reluctant to press charges. While national efforts to reinforce the shift can help, the best results will come from persistent and courageous efforts by local leaders, including state legislators, police, prosecutors, and physicians.
My own father was a nut about gun safety – my brother didn’t get his first rifle until he was about 11, and he was closely supervised – but Dad’s conscientiousness didn’t extend to all my relatives. When I was 11, I picked up a loaded handgun off a bedside table at an uncle’s house and aimed it at my brother, then 2. I thought it was a toy.
I don’t know why I didn’t pull the trigger. My brother was saved by fate or caprice or the grace of God. Too many children don’t get that lucky.
Cynthia Tucker is a visiting professor at the University of Georgia. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: Tuesday, May 14 2013, 10:11 AM EDT
LATHAM — The largest number of pools is open in the Northeast during the month of May.
are many simple tips you can implement to make sure your pool is safe,
especially with young children and even pets around.
Northeast Pool and Spa Association recommends: Teaching your child to
swim, installing perimeter and child fences around the immediate pool
area, adding alarms on home doors leading to the pool or around the pool
perimeter, investing in an automatic pool cover that closes easily when
no one is swimming, and installing self-latching devices on all doors
leading into the pool area.
“When it comes to pool safety,
especially with children, supervision should be the number one priority.
There really isn’t any substitute for that, there is only back up
devices, which is barriers, alarms and other life saving devices,” says
Jeff Kaufer, safety consultant at Concord Pools Spas.
1. Pool Alarms
2. Gate Alarms
3. Skamper-Ramp for pets
4. Automatic pool covers
Concord Pools Spas
is the Northeast’s largest dealer of Pacific Pools. With more than 40
years and 10,000 pools of experience in the Capital Region.
like anything else, whether it’s driving, or using power tools, you
have to use some common sense. There are safety steps. The more layers
of protection you have, the safer it’s going to be and the more fun
everyone’s going to have. That’s what it’s about, having fun, but being
safe,” adds Kaufer
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MANILA, Philippines—With a new name that is still unfamiliar even to its old customers, Solane is counting on enhanced client service to reestablish itself in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market, even increase its market share.
Ramon del Rosario, chief operating officer of Isla LPG Corporation (ILC), identified improved customer service as one of the key strategies for making Solane the leader in the market. Solane is the brand given to the former Shellane by Isla Petroleum and Gas Corporation, a Filipino-Japanese partnership, after acquiring the product from Shell.
Toshihisa Fuse, ILC chief executive officer, says, “To pursue our prospects for the company, we will continue to understand and internalize the needs of all our customers—from all our different product segments. Once we do that, we will custom-fit our offer and provide value propositions that respond to their unique needs.”
Solane’s efforts to strengthen consumer confidence in its products, particularly the strong focus on safety measures, will no doubt also help boost trust in LPG itself. The popular household cooking fuel, which has also acquired the reputation as a cleaner motor vehicle fuel, has lost some of its shine as it has been suspected to have caused a number of fires. As a motor vehicle fuel, some studies suggest it is causing respiratory ailments in both drivers and passengers.
But, as Solane officials explains, the problem often was more of quality control, not the product itself.
In motor vehicles, for instance, many conversions from diesel or gasoline to LPG are done by people who have had no formal training but merely spent a few hours watching somebody do it. The result is a tank that leaks gas into the vehicle causing discomfort, even sickness, to everyone in it.
As for household users, a common problem is failure to check if the hose and/or regulator is still in good working condition. Safety rules require that both hose and regulator should be replaced after five years or so. But even before replacement is due, users are supposed to check constantly for leaks.
Concerns have also been raised about the quality of tanks used. Some LPG containers are so rusty, the user faces the risk not only of it blowing him/her up, but getting tetanus, too. There were also reports of tanks being smuggled in separate pieces then welded together by distributors. Like the car tank conversion, work is often done haphazardly resulting in leaks.
Thus, an important part of Solane’s service for household clients is a seven-point check. Exclusive to Solane, it is done every time a new tank is delivered through its Hatid Bahay service. When the Solane delivery person comes knocking on a customer’s door, he will not only bring a new tank but do a seven-point check of the LPG setup unless, of course, the client refuses.
The seven-point safety checklist covers safety of the environment (where the tank is installed and used), condition of the O ring, type of regulator used, proper connection between cylinder valve and regulator, proper type of hose, attachment of the hose to the regulator and appliance and quality of flame.
Del Rosario says an LPG-fueled stove that was working properly should emit a blue flame. He adds that, with Solane, flame that was turning yellow would be an indication a replacement tank would soon be needed.
In a visit to Isla’s plant in San Fernando, Pampanga, media visitors were shown how Solane products underwent different levels of safety and quality checks before they were sent out to distributors and sold to households. Isla has its tanks manufactured and the containers have dates imprinted on them to guide the company when to do a quality check—every five years for new ones. Those that have outlived their usefulness are crushed before leaving the plant for the junkyard so they could not be used by anyone else.
Isla also guarantees consumers that they get all the LPG they pay for—if the tank says 11 kilos, buyers will get every drop of that volume as weighing scales are calibrated everyday and government inspectors come every six months to check that they have not been tampered with.
Carisse Dawn J. Vendiola, marketing officer, says Isla was making it easy for consumers, using different brands, to shift to Solane. All they had to do was have a tank delivered and the courier would do the required seven-point check, she says. If the tank was in good condition and the hose and regulator suited to the Solane tank and in good working order, the customer would be asked to pay only for the contents of the tank.
Additional fees would depend on what needed to be changed, Vendiola says. At the moment, though, those who want to switch can avail themselves of Isla’s free A/S regulator. Call the Hatid Bahay hotline to kmow more about the switch offer. In Metro Manila, customers can call 887555. Those everywhere else can contact 0918-8875555 by short message service (text) only.
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The fire brigade suggests safety measures which the owner has to adhere to while operating the unit. The measures include having cement and brick and pressure relief walls, periodic maintenance of machines and regular checks on electric wirings, but officials say they are not taken seriously.
“These measures were flouted in the Sakinaka incident. We are trying to access records and see if the owner had applied for permission,” a senior civic official said.
With civic staff not working on account of the Good Friday holiday, it was difficult for officials to ascertain the extent and nature of violations. They will sift through the records on Saturday and only then action can be taken against the owner.
Harshad Kale, assistant municipal commissioner (L ward), said the BMC had raided such units and had begun prosecution of the owners.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone X) Mohankumar Dahikar said an FIR will be registered after the civic body and industry inspectors provide their reports on violation of safety measures.
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) — Many who love mixed martial arts say the sport is safe, if there are rules. However there are no regulations for amateur MMA fighting in Michigan and state lawmakers want to change that.
At Xtreme MMA in Holland, Eric Lozano says he could find an unsanctioned fight with amateurs in Michigan every weekend. Lozano will make his pro debut next month, but as an amateur he’s fought in matches with no blood testing available and no doctors around.
“I’ve seen somebody get hit and they go into a seizure and they’re on the floor and we don’t have the medical staff that we need and it’s kind of scary,” says Lozano.
In Michigan, there are no regulations for amateur MMA fighting and no requirement to report or keep record of matches either. MMA experts say that means people with no experience often are facing an opponent who’s been in 30 or 40 matches.
” A lot of these amateur promoters know who is going to win before they even set the fight up,” says Ray Lopez, a pro MMA fighter.
“The experience level is so different that somebody can get seriously hurt in that kind of matchup,” says Andy Jamrog, owner of Xtreme MMA.
Pro matches, on the other hand, are regulated. Michigan lawmakers now are considering the same health and safety measures for amateurs.
“We’ve been to shows all over the country, it’s just long overdue, its just unsafe for the fighters,” says Jamrog.
“There’s plenty of people who want to train and be fighters, it’s just getting them to do it the right way,” says Lozano.
Michigan is one of about a dozen states where amateur mixed martial arts is legal, but not regulated.
The right way to do a Job Safety Analysis or JSA is a hot topic in the oil patch right now. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which already requires them as a part of SEMS, is proposing to require that all offshore workers be trained on SEMS annually. The updated SEMS rules are also expected to require that Stop Work Authority be a part of the JSA process. That proposal is going through its final review by the White House right now, meaning whether it is out in 30 days or 3 months, it is on its way. JSAs are a big subject on land as well because oil and gas companies require them for most well site jobs and they are telling us they are not happy with the quality of JSAs they are seeing.
At PEC, we developed a new JSA class to help industry meet the new BSEE training requirements, as well as the concerns of landside operators. Our goal was to create a JSA class that would be taught by one of our 1,700 PEC instructors authorized to teach SafeGulf of SafeLandUSA nationwide. In researching JSAs, we learned a couple of interesting things. First, the reason companies do JSAs has changed over the years. Second, the problem may not be that workers are untrained on how to do a JSA; it may be that they don’t know why they should do a JSA.
For anyone who is not already familiar with JSAs, they are an organized way of analyzing a specific job, determining any hazard that job may present and deciding how to control those hazards. Typically a crew breaks the job down into steps, figures out what could go wrong to hurt someone and then agrees on safety measures to protect everyone on the job. In the PEC training course, we call that the JSA Triangle.
In the oil patch, we use JSAs as a way to give crews ownership of their own safety. Workers who have had to focus on how they do the job and how to protect themselves from incidents are more likely to go home unhurt at the end of the hitch. For that reason, a lot of oil and gas companies require that crews write out their JSAs by hand to make sure they have taken a direct role in addressing the hazards of that particular job.
What we found in our research is that the JSA process didn’t start out like that. The concept of breaking tasks down into steps dates back to the assembly lines of the 1920′s and then it was a way to figure out how many workers to hire per shift. In the 1930s, engineers started looking at the task step process as a way to improve safety, but it was still a tool that management used to design the assembly line to make it safer. It would be many, many years before industry really paid much attention to what workers thought about their own safety. The big leap forward in job task analysis came in World War II when it was used to help Rosie the Riveter and the other hundreds of thousands of inexperienced factory workers learn their jobs quickly. All of those are valuable uses, but none of them quite fits with today’s efforts to empower individual workers to manage their own safety, which is one of the fundamental goals of JSAs in our industry.
What Workers Think
We also found was that if the goal is to involve crews in making sure they go home unhurt, a lot of workers aren’t getting the message. On online forums, oilfield workers are open in considering JSAs as unnecessary paper work, done to satisfy management back at the home office, not to keep them safe.
Two comments posted online were particularly telling:
- “During the safety meeting, we sign about 30 JSAs and (do) not go over…one of them”
- “Do a verbal (JSA), open the book to the correct JSA for the job and leave it there (so) if anyone shows up and asks, I tell them ‘it’s right there.’”
Interviews with operators and contractors confirm that many workers simply do not see the connection between their safety and doing JSAs properly.
They should. Accident investigations show a direct connection between the way a crew prepares and follows JSAs and incidents. Here are three examples from our research:
- July 18, 2006 – Guidepost under pressure breaks, killing floorman; Procedure never discussed in JSA meeting. – MMS investigation of fatal accident V-door guide post failure Chandeleur Block 31, Well No. 1
- January 19, 2008 – Worker repairing emergency shutdown device swept by wave and drowned; no JSA done because job considered “routine.” – MMS investigation of fatal accident North Padre Island Block 969, Platform JA
- April 13, 2012- Offshore roustabout falls through well-access opening on deck during decommissioning project; No written JSA and not everyone attended JSA meeting. – Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Gulf of Mexico OCS Region Safety Alert No. 301
At PEC, we think the lesson here is that training on JSAs is necessary and the requirements coming from the government and individual operators will help our industry improve on its safety record. However, that training has to go beyond rote learning courses that just ask workers to memorize the three elements of a JSA. It needs to focus on why we do JSAs, how to identify hazards correctly and when to stop the job if the JSA is not being followed. Above all, at PEC we try to teach students that, if done correctly, a JSA is the way to make sure everyone understands his or her job and everyone will finish the job safe and sound.
Ken Wells is Director of Special Projects for PEC and can be reached at Ken@pecsafety.com.
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SATURDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) — People with heart disease who want to exercise should first get the OK from their doctor and then follow certain health and safety measures, according to the American Council on Exercise.
Every exercise session should include at least a five-minute warm-up and five-minute cool-down, which reduces the risk of oxygen deprivation to the heart in response to sudden physical effort or an abrupt end to exercise, the council advised in a recent news release.
Do moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, for at least 30 minutes on most — and preferably all — days of the week.
People with heart disease need to closely monitor their exercise intensity and stay within their individual heart-rate zone, which is typically determined from a treadmill test conducted under the supervision of a doctor.
Be cautious about doing vigorous exercise. If you plan to start a vigorous exercise program, discuss it with your doctor and be sure to complete an exercise stress test first, the council said.
Tell your trainer and doctor if you have any abnormal signs or symptoms before, during or after exercise. These include: chest pain, extreme fatigue, indigestion or heartburn, excessive breathlessness, ear or neck pain, upper respiratory tract infection, dizziness or racing heart, and severe headache.
If you have been prescribed nitroglycerin, be sure to always carry it with you during exercise. Never exert yourself to the point of developing chest pain. If you do experience chest pain, call 911 immediately.
Be sure that your exercise facility is well equipped in case of a heart emergency. Ask if it has an emergency response plan and an automated external defibrillator and staff who know how to use it.
The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia has more about people with heart disease and exercise.
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The EU is looking to implement stricter rules in the wake of the 2010 Macondo accident in the Gulf of Mexico that would require operators to carry out hazard assessment and submit an emergency response plan before being allowed to drill in European waters.
They would also have to prove they have the technical and financial capacity to carry out exploration and production, and would be held fully liable for any environmental damage resulting from such activity.
The European Parliament and Council have now reached a political agreement on the European Commission’s legislative proposal for the new safety measures, which are expected to be formally approved by the parliament and member states in the coming months.
In a concession to industry demands, the proposal has now been formulated as a directive – rather than a more onerous regulation originally – that allows individual countries some freedom in how the rules should be implemented.
“These rules will make sure that the highest safety standards already mostly in place in some member states will be followed at every oil and gas platform across Europe,” said EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.
“Furthermore, the new law will ensure that we react effectively and promptly in the event of an accident and minimise the possible damage to the environment and the livelihoods of coastal communities.”
The proposed regulations would replace existing EU offshore safety rules that are around 20 years old and are intended to create a unified regime for all member states.
It is believed the new rules will mainly have an impact on countries that have recently started exploration such as Cyprus and those engaged in drilling in the Black Sea rather than the UK and Norway, which already have long-established offshore regulatory regimes.
The move to
adopt a directive was welcomed by the UK government and industry.
Secretary Edward Davey said: “This decision is a real success story for the UK.
From the start of this process we have been working hard to ensure that the
UK’s world-class levels of safety and environmental protection are
rather than regulation means improvements in offshore oil and gas regulation
will build upon our existing robust safety and environmental regime. The EU can
also ensure stringent controls are consistently enforced across member states.”
Paterson, health, safety and employment director of lobby group Oil
Gas UK, said the decision to
establish a directive on offshore safety “is the best way to achieve the
objective of raising standards across the EU to the high levels already present
in the North Sea”.
However, Norwegian Petroleum Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe has previously gone on record as saying the country, which is not an EU member but part of the European Economic Area (EEA), would maintain its existing offshore regulations without any interference from Brussels.
Industry association Norwegian Oil Gas (NOG) is also reported to be recalcitrant to the proposed measures.
“This can be a good initiative in Europe where new offshore nations such as Cyprus, Malta and Romania can benefit from a harmonised regulatory regime,” NOG consultant Alfred Nordgaard told newswire NTB.
“But in Norway we already have a regime that functions well, so we see little additional value from the EU regulations. These will not contribute to increased safety in the Norwegian oil and gas business.”
However, the leader of Norwegian environmental group Bellona, Frederic Hauge, who is among 12 climate advisors consulted by Oettinger in developing the regulations, said he believes “the new directive will be implemented in Norway through our participation in the EEA”.
A Bellona representative in Europe, Paal Frisvold, said rejection of the rules by the Oslo government would be “a test of the EU’s sanctions options”.
It is interesting that people all over the world have similar worries for their safety on a night out. Safety products and advice are on offer to all from Private Detectives with a friendly and informative attitude
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According to the BBC News article many people around the world, on a night out will often see friends go dancing and drinking. After talking with five different women from five different countries about a typical night out for them, personal safety is rarely far from their minds. Each of the women discussed how they would dress, depending on which friends they were seeing and where they were going. The women from each of the five countries described how their society and the men from each country treated them and reacted to how they dressed.
The report went on to say that that the women did not feel safe walking home alone at night and would usually go out near to home, walk home with friends or walk home while talking to someone on their mobile phone or with a hand on their keys for protection. The women talked to from Brazil would only travel by taxi and go out in groups so they can share a cab on the way home.
Detectives at Private Investigator understand the problems of people walking alone at night, it is not just woman that need protection. As the report states these women in the article are very aware of keeping themselves safe at night. On a drunken night there are times when you could be put into a vulnerable situation without realising. The detectives offer security and safety devices to help keep you safe at all the times, not just at night. Items such as personal alarms, GPS trackers and nontoxic self-defence spays can all help keep you safe.
Women, in particular are vulnerable and therefore making arrangements with friends to travel together and stay the night at one of the friends houses, makes safety sense. If, however the situations dictates a walk home alone it is important to make sure others are informed of the time, the route to be taken (through a residential area) and when the detination is reached. In addition carrying any one of the many good quality personal alarms that are supplied by Private Investigator, will draw attention to you if attached. A non toxic self-defence spray will give the few minutes that are needed to get away and sound the alarm.
A spokesperson from Private Investigator said:
“It is interesting that people all over the world have similar worries for their safety on a night out. Safety products and advice are on offer to all from Private Detectives with a friendly and informative attitude.”
Private Investigator located in Birmingham has a pool of skilled and highly trained private detectives and private investigators in the UK and abroad. This nationwide company includes their long associated business partners Private Investigator located in Leeds who can supply investigation services in and around the Birmingham and Leeds areas.
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