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The Dangers of Oil Rigs

Working on an oil rig is often listed among the most dangerous jobs in America, and there are good reasons for it. For anyone who didn’t watch the movie Deepwater Horizon, the potential for disaster is great, and when it does come, there’s little help to be found.

There are obvious reasons why working on an oil rig is so full of potential danger. First of all, people are working with volatile chemicals and using massive, complex machinery. That alone would make it as dangerous as the construction industry, which is always one of the most deadly in the country. There is a myriad of ways someone could potentially injure themselves on an oil rig, from simply slipping and falling to misuse of chemicals, to mechanical breakdown, to objects falling on someone.

Add to this already dangerous recipe the fact that, by definition, oil rigs are miles away from anyone. They sit in the middle of the ocean, far from towns and cities, far even from the coast guard. Should anyone need advanced medical attention in a short period, help is unlikely to arrive in time.

Then, there is the fact that these isolated people often work grueling shifts of around 12 hours and spend anywhere from a week to two weeks out on the rig at a time. Such strenuous work over such long hours encourages accidents.
Keep in mind, these are only the human risks for work on an oil rig, there are other equally (or perhaps greater) risks to the environment. As seen in recent years, even the most efficient clean up after an oil spill is still devastating to ocean life. That ecological cost can also be passed on to humans through devastating to the fishing industry, toxic elements washing up on shore, and contaminated water.

It is no wonder, though, that oil rigs have very strict safety procedures. The risks on all sides are great and the potential for catastrophe is great. With all that in mind, it is perhaps more amazing not that horrible events happen on oil rigs, but that they don’t happen more often. In fact, catastrophic events are extremely rare, even if more minor issues do occur with some regularity.

In 2009, for instance, there were 39 fires or explosions reported on oil rigs.

Even though most of those did not result in death, the glaring number and the potential (even if rare) for catastrophic events call into question the ongoing expansion of off-shore drilling. As the natural gas and renewable energy markets boom throughout the country, and older dirtier sources (especially coal, but including oil) continue to decline, a more forward-looking strategy should be called for, with the government putting resources towards those fields that are safer, cleaner, and cheaper for the country.

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Corporate Thievery

As gaps between the rich and the poor of the world continue to grow it is important to pay close attention to occurrences such as investment fraud. These cases typically show what happens when greed begins to consume, already rich, men and women who just have to have more. The people who commit these financial crimes are dishonest and inauthentic members of society. They have no problem lying to the faces of their investors and will deny everything if revealed for what they really are, a crook. Thieves at the highest level, these offenders simply can not be trusted with monetary responsibility.

Dishonesty in the corporate minded world of today is extremely common. Businessmen are known for their vicious schemes and questionable methods. When they cross the line into areas of illegal activity by stealing investor’s hard earned money, typically life savings that take an entire career to generate, they must be dealt with appropriately. According to previous incidents, most investors will not know that the broker they are working with is dishonest until it is too late. According to statistics released by U.S. Department of Justice last year, there were 300 individuals charged with financial crimes. Of the 300 individuals only 201 were given convictions. These cases resulted in the collection of $1.51 billion in the form of corporate U.S. criminal fines, penalties, and forfeiture. Additionally, there was over $7.8 billion recovered by U.S. and international authorities.

When confronted with this staggering data I am perplexed by the sheer scale of these crimes. It seems obviously foolish and nearly impossible to launder billions of dollars all for the satisfaction of one’s personal greed, yet many dirty brokers attempt to cheat people out of their hard earned life savings. Stealing money from those who are less fortunate is an obvious ethical violation, but in most cases, it is proven that these brokers have no respect for ethical codes of conduct as their actions speak volumes about their character. Greed for money is the pinnacle of misery. Worldly attachment to monetary gain can cripple an individual’s judgment so severely that they become mad for power in any form. In cases where an investor has been taken advantage of, lied to, and in most cases is left penniless they should seek competent guidance in order to pursue their savings. Greed and dishonesty go hand in hand. It is the duty of legal representation to recover all that they are able to for the client’s best interest.

In summary, investment fraud is a serious issue plaguing many innocent investors. In most cases, brokers will escape with large amounts of money that typically equate to the entire life savings of the investor. A dishonest way of being is toxic to a person’s well being. Whether or not the reader believes in some form of karma it can be agreed that dirty, rotten brokers can definitely expect some sort of payback.

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General and Limited Partnership

A partnership occurs when two or more people own the business. According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, business owners looking to establish a partnership have a number of options available to them regarding what type of partnership they would like to form.

There are generally two kinds of partnership, known as general partnership and limited partnership – either has its own advantages over the other.

General Partnership

In a general partnership, all the owners have equal powers on the business. All of them have equal gravity of responsibility in managing the business, controlling operations, and having a say in executive decisions. This also means that they can equally enjoy the profits of the business, as well as suffer from the liabilities, such as debts and losses.

Limited Partnership

In a limited partnership, there are both general partners and limited partners, wherein the general partners enjoy the things said earlier. Unlike general partners, limited partners have no management control, but in return, at least they don’t have to fully suffer from the liabilities.

Comparisons

On paper, general partnership seems to be the better choice when it comes to forming a partnership, primarily because of how equal everything is. Owners rise together and fall together. But this can also have its problems.

The most significant problem here is regarding liability, because it is joint and several. So, if one of the general owners cannot pay his due debts, the creditor can go to the other general owners to get what it is due, even if these general owners have already paid their fair share.

Limited partnership, on the other hand, can be seen as mere “investors” in the business, in the sense that they may be considered partners in the business, but they have very limited control and at the same time very limited liability. The worst that could happen is for them to lose their “investments,” and nothing more.

Depending on what you want to achieve, either type of partnership can give you tremendous upside compared to the other.

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Common Construction Site Accidents

You can get involved in an accident and sustain an injury in any workplace. But it is fair to say that some workplaces are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries compared to others. For example, a construction site can easily be said to be a more dangerous workplace compared to an office.
According to the website of the Rhode Island construction accidents lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., construction workers who have been injured in construction accidents may have legal options. This is a good thing, considering that they really are vulnerable to workplace accidents compared to those who sit in cubicles.

Electrocution

Electrocution is one of the most common and most fatal construction site accidents. This is understandable, because construction sites often have unfinished electrical systems and exposed wires. Even if workers survive electrocution, they may still suffer from significant injuries, particularly burning.

Explosion

Combustible and explosive materials are often present in construction sites. They may come in many forms, such as chemicals, gases, and even TNTs. Whatever form they may take, it doesn’t change the fact that workers are at risk of explosions, fires, and the possible injuries associated with them, such as burns and eye and lung problems.

Fall

Construction workers may be required to reach or work in elevated spaces, so they rely on equipment to do this effectively. Equipment may be cranes, ladders, and scaffoldings – all put workers at risk of falling, breaking their bones, and sustaining traumatic injuries.

Falling Object

Hard hats and other gears may help against falling objects, such as debris and unattended tools, but they may not help much if the falling object is an entire machine. This may involve enough force to kill, and those who survive often suffer from head and brain injuries.

Machine Accident

Machine accidents can happen in many ways. Maybe the machines are defective. Maybe they have no instructions and safety warnings. Maybe the construction worker cannot operate them properly. Whatever the case is, the construction worker is at risk of the most dangerous accidents, including amputations and entrapments.

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Premises Liability

Property owners have the responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe. According to the personal injury website of Ali Mokaram, a negligent party may be held liable if it has caused an injury to an innocent party. In the case of properties, the negligent party may be the property owners, and the innocent party may be visitors or the like.

Finding fault

Though property owners need to ensure the safety of everybody on the premises, there are some states that limit the property owners’ responsibility to invitees and licensees. Invitees are those who have implied permission to be on the property, such as family members, friends, and neighbors. Licensees are those who have implied permission to be on the property for their own purposes.

Trespassers are usually not included in the property owners’ responsibility, but they could be in some cases, especially if they are children. This means that property owners should act to avoid foreseeable risks of their properties to children, whether the children are invitees, licensees, or trespassers.

Common premises liability cases

There are different kinds of premises liability cases. They may happen indoors, such as office spaces and construction sites. They may happen outdoors, like in parking lots, sidewalks, and other walkways. They may happen on private properties, such as houses. They may happen on public properties, like swimming pool resorts and malls.

Premises liability cases may come in many forms, but the following are the most common factors associated with them:

  • Animal attacks such as dog bites
  • Collapsing balconies, porches, and other building parts
  • Defective equipment, such as escalators, elevators, and stairs
  • Inadequate lighting that triggers accidents and injuries
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Negligent security services resulting to injury or assault
  • Slippery substances on floors
  • Common injuries

Injuries may vary depending on the kind of premises liability case that has occurred. But since many cases involving tripping, slipping, and falling, some of the most common injuries include:

  • Brain injury
  • Fractures, particularly in the arm, hip, and leg areas
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sprain
  • Whiplash

But other forms of premises liability cases may make victims more vulnerable to non-traumatic injuries, such as lung complications from inhaling hazardous materials in factories, food poisoning from restaurant negligence, and skin problems because of dangerous swimming pool disinfectants.

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