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“Absolute” Liability under the Scaffold Law

Critics of New York Labor Law § 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, claim that it is driving up construction costs because of rocketing insurance premiums from the few insurers that still provide construction coverage. This is the same argument used by medical practitioners that are lobbying for medical malpractice law reforms, but the numbers show that insurance is not the problem. The problem is when the duty of care is breached and preventable accidents happen.

The construction industry is undoubtedly a hazardous occupation, and accidents will happen. The Scaffold Law is still in place more than 100 years since it was first enacted because it is an effective deterrent to construction companies and contractors to breach their duty of care towards their workers. This is exactly the purpose for which the Scaffold Law was designed, and despite numerous attempts to dislodge it is still there.

It would be exaggerating to say that the Scaffold Law guarantees an injured worker a win in a personal injury case. The law mandates that if it is proven that the injury from a fall from height accident was due to equipment failure i.e. defective or inadequate ladder, insufficient training i.e. poorly assembled scaffold, or lack of required safety measures i.e. guardrails, then the construction company is liable. If there are no safety violations on the work site, there will be no case.

Unfortunately, most construction sites do have evidence of safety problems which is why when a falling accident happens it is highly probable that the company will be found liable. Changing the law will not change that; if the worksite is unsafe, people will get hurt. The Scaffold Law serves merely as a silent threat to cost-cutting construction managers and companies in New York that is more effective than citations from building inspectors.

If you have been seriously injured in a falling accident, the Scaffold Law may apply to you. Present your case to experienced New York construction accident attorneys to find out if it does.

Fast Food Restaurants – The New Trend in the Resta...

The practice of catering and serving food to travelers and people who were far away from home go as far back as the early Greek and Roman times. Taverns and inns performed this practice as the term “restaurant” was still unheard of back then.

A restaurant, where people can sit and eat the food they have ordered, is a relatively a new concept. When used in the 18th century in France, the word referred to a shop where soups (that could restore health, probably due to hunger) were sold. It was also during the latter part of this era and early part of the 19th century when “eating house,” oyster houses and coffee houses became really famous in America. These establishments, though, were built only in areas where population was big and, as America became more urbanized, so did these establishments – becoming more sophisticated and increasing in number.

Jumping forward to the early 20th century (between 1991 and 1921), the emergence of what is now known as (and very famous) fast food restaurants came into existence. These new eating places catered to the needs of people who were always on the go and who demanded quick service, thus these were also known under the name quick service restaurant or QSR.

It is obvious that fast food restaurants, which serve pre-cooked and kept-hot “meat-sweet diet” food, are preferred much more than those that cater fine dining. Location, cost of food, and formality are some of the factors that greatly affect this preference. While fine dining would definitely cost much more, restaurants that serve it would also require a more presentable attire – a great inconvenience to many.

The concept of fast food restaurants still continue to develop (in terms of service). This is evidenced by the emergence of catering trucks and fast casual restaurants. Fast casual restaurants have maintained the practice of having their patrons seated and their food brought to them, while catering trucks, which is very popular among office workers and factory workers, are often seen parked right outside work places, making purchase and consumption of food, during breaks and lunch periods, faster and more convenient.

Things to do in The Woodlands

Hailed as one of United States’ top master-planned communities, The Woodlands in Texas offers more than being a quite sub-urban residential retreat. Surrounded by forests, The Woodlands has evolved from a bedroom community into a flourishing village that has many parks, school campuses, playgrounds, shopping centers, and golf courses. Visiting The Woodlands would guarantee that you, your family, and your friends will have a pleasurable experience due to a number of countless activities that the place can offer. Situated about 32 miles north of Houston, Texas, The Woodlands is located chiefly in a heavily forested district of Montgomery and Harris, Texas. It was an extension of the Mitchell Energy & Development, and was devoted to George Mitchell. Mitchell was an oil businessman who was interested in developing a suburban retreat that city-dwellers would find relaxing and enjoyable. Aside from the residential areas that cater to convenience, The Woodlands also has a variety of entertainment that appeals to people of all ages. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has hosted a number of live concerts from known artists such as James Taylor, Dave Mathews Band, Tom Petty, and Sting. The Houston Symphony also has summer performances at the pavilion. Movies are also more interesting with the Cinemark Tinseltown 17 that features state-of-the-art sound systems and stadium seating for best movie experience. Life in The Woodlands won’t be boring since there are various entertainment options that you can go to, with sights and sounds that you will encounter. A couple of minutes walk can get you to anything from a place of worship to a cool shop, a hospital or any other places of interest. The flurry of activities and recreational areas is enough to provide anyone with a warm and welcomed feeling. With so many options for entertainment and leisure, The Woodlands is a great family-friendly destination.

Did you know…? Cruise Ship and Other Trivia

Most of us probably don’t know and don’t care about stuff we will probably encounter once and never again (unless you’re a Love Boat fanatic), but it is nonetheless interesting to know about this stuff once it is brought to your notice. For example, ever wonder what a “poop deck” actually is?

A poop deck is not the place of choice for dog-walkers to bring their charges, but refers to the raised portion at the back end of a ship, and its etymology can be traced back to ancient Rome. Back in the day, sailors would place sacred icons on an elevated dais in that area so that the crew and ship would receive the protection of that idol. These icons were called puppis and the platforms puppin. You see where this is going.

And there is more on deck etymology. Ever wonder why most cruise ships refer to something called a lido deck, typically where the swimming pool is found? The lido deck, also typically found near the aft or rear of the ship, is derived from the Italian term lido which means “beach.” In the 19th century, it was commonly the term used to denote an exclusive beach resort, and early transatlantic steamship lines borrowed the term to characterize the sundeck as the purview of their wealthier passengers. Today, anyone can go to the lido deck, but it is still typically where the pool and other outdoor activities are held.

Okay, so much for decks. Let’s move on to some –ests. The largest cruise ship ever built is currently the Allure of the Seas of Royal Caribbean International. Although registered in the Bahamas, its home port is in Florida, and regularly makes its rounds of Antigua, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica. It is so big that it has its own Starbucks, the first cruise ship to have one. It has a length of 1,187 feet, which is long enough to put five 747 planes tip to tail with room left over! It can accommodate 6,318 guests and has 2,384 people as the crew.
The oldest cruise ship operating as such is the Sea Cloud, currently owned by German company Hansa Ltd. and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH. It was originally commissioned as a private yacht in 1931, but it is big enough to accommodate 64 passengers. During World War II, it served as a weather ship for the U.S. Coast Guard. It has a length of 316 feet and regularly plies its route in the Caribbean and Europe.

Yasmin and Acne

A lot of women have been using Yasmin as a birth-control pill, although it has other “benefits” such as easing the symptoms of severe PMS and acne. Even the manufacturer of the pill, Bayer, has advertised Yasmin as an effective treatment for moderate acne, thus prompting many women to ask if they can use it solely as an acne medication. But are they really an effective acne treatment?

Yasmin and acne seems to be popping up in the internet; many women have been asking if they are really effective or if there are side effects to stopping the medications. Yasmin is not actually approved to treat acne, even though many doctors have prescribed it as an “off-label” treatment for acne. This has led many to use it, therefore causing many women to suffer severe Yasmin side effects.

The main ingredients in Yasmin are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, and it is the presence of drospirenone that is said to counter the effects of certain “male” hormones (such as testosterone) in women that is often associated with acne. Suppressing these “male” hormones in women is believed to help prevent acne, and with Yasmin providing a steady dose of drospirenone, it makes sense as an acne treatment. Yasmin and acne seems to make sense to many women, thus they choose it an option for their moderate acne treatment aside from it being their birth-control pill.

A common side effect of many birth-control pills or contraceptive pills is acne, therefore it may be hard to determine if taking Yasmin can really be beneficial in treating acne. Although it is determined that Yasmin’s sister birth-control pill Yaz (which has a higher dosage of drospirenone) is a more effective treatment for acne, it does not really necessarily follow that Yasmin has the same effect. Some women do report to have noticeable improvement after taking Yasmin, however, if the acne gets worse it would be better to stop the medication and see your doctor to ask for different options.