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The Importance of Forklift Training

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According to the CDC, there were about 1021 people were killed in forklift related incidents in between 1980 to 1994. Out of these incidents, 22 were forklift overturns, 20 were workers struck by forklifts, 16 were victims crushed by a forklift and 9 were from those that fell from a forklift. So as you can understand, forklift’s are dangerous and many people get injured and even killed by them each year. So it is also very important that forklift operators are given adequate training to ensure that injuries from forklifts are limited. And often times, many of these accidents are accidents in which people would not even expected ti happen. Below you’ll find a video of some forklift accidents that can happen in the workplace if you are operating a forklift.

As you probably saw in the video, many of these accidents are freak accidents. However, you’ll probably notice that they could’ve all be prevented with proper training and with more alertness on the part of the forklift operator and those around the forklift operator.

forklift-trainingBesides the risks of injuries, there are many other benefits for forklift training.

  • Time Management: With a properly trained forklift operator, heavy products and goods will be moved more efficiently, safely, and quickly. In turn, the overall work productivity is increased for the employer and this in-turn contributes to overall savings on spending.
  • Reduction in damaged Inventory: An unskilled forklift operator can easily damage goods that are being moved. However, with a skilled forklift operator, goods can be moved safer, and skillfully without any damage and although these type of costs many not appear to be large at once, they do add up over time and the amount of money lost per year due to damage goods can be outstandingly high.
  • Better Maintenance: A proper forklift certification program will be able to provide the forklift operator with enough knowledge to perform frequent preventative maintenance on the forklift. This reduces the forklifts overall downtime and costs of repairs for the forklift in the long run. This is also a contributing factor to increased overall productivity as a result of less downtime.
  • Employee Confidence: A confident employee performs better than a non-confident employee and they tend to have a higher level of pride in their job. A trained forklift operator will have a higher level of confidence, pride and motivation to do their job as opposed to other employees. So even when these employees are off the forklift, they’ll generally out perform the employees without forklift training.

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to having your staff properly trained in operating a forklift. It works out better for the workplace by increasing productivity and employee self confidence. However, the most important benefit of properly trained forklift operators is from the increased safety. Any employer should make safety a top priority. They shouldn’t want their staff to be injured in any way possible. And with adequate forklift training, this will help to keep all employees safe.




Risks in Breast Implants

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breast-augmentationIn this day and age, breast implants are becoming more and more frequent and it’s especially frequency among younger women. However, many of them are jumping into the decisions of having breast augmentation done without completely understanding the procedure and the risks that may be involved with the surgery. Some of the risks involved with breast augmentation are below.

  1. Required Additional Surgeries: Before you get breast implants, you should know that they won’t last a lifetime and oftentimes and the longer you have breast implants, the higher the risks will be for complications. Often times, breast implants come with a warranty which will cover them for a specified about of years (in most cases 10 years) just incase some type of complication happens. However, there is no guarantee that the implants will look as good as they were initially after multiple surgeries are performed. Some types of reoperational surgeries are as follows
    1. Implant removal with or without a replacement
    2. Removal of scar tissue
    3. Drainage inside the breast to remove excess collection of fluids and blood.
    4. Implant re-positioning.
    5. Biopsy/cyst removal.
  2. Scar tissue that can form around the implant thus squeezing it and changing the appearance of the breast on a whole.
  3. Pain the breasts.
  4. Changes to the sensation in the breast.
  5. Potential risk of rupturing and deflation of saline-filled implants.
  6. With silicone gel-filled implants, there is a risk of them rupturing silently. In this case, you might not know that they are ruptured but might just start feeling the negative side-effects of it.

Effects on Children

If you’re young and planning to have children, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor on the various types of procedures that can be done to ensure that you’ll be able to breast feed in the future. This is because many people who have breast augmentation done aren’t able to breast feed. However, there are procedures which can be done to allow you to breast feed after the surgery. So definitely take this into consideration during the doctor’s consultation. 

Furthermore, studies have been done to see if there was any link between the amounts of silicon (a component in silicone breast implants) in breast milk for women who have the surgery done. However, studies showed there were no difference in the silicon levels in breast milk between women who had the implants and those who did not.

Also, studies were done to see if there were any increased chances of birth defects to children of mothers with the breast implants done and studies showed there were no increased risks. However, a lower birth weight was reported in mothers who had the surgery done.

Before Undergoing the Surgery

Now, there were a lot of concerns addressed in regards to the breast augmentation procedure. However, if you have any doubts or concerns, this Breast Augmentation Chicago clinic has great doctors you can consult with and talk to in regards the procedure. Furthermore, you can check out this article on the FDA’s website on Breast Augmentation. You can also get additional in the video posted below.



How to Properly Take Care Of Your Furniture

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furniture-cleaningWhen you go into your living room, the first thing people notice is your living room couch. If it doesn’t look neat and tidy, this could be reflective of your character and if that is the case, you need to seek advice on how to clean it, or seek a professional upholstery cleaner. But how in the world can you do this? Below, you’ll find a few pointers to help guide you in the right direction.

How To Get Started

First of all, you will want to understand what type of furniture you’re dealing with. The cleaning solvents that you use might not be good for, and could potentially damage the furniture permanently. So you need to check the tags on the upholstery to make sure that you are using safe materials. If you check out how to clean upholstery you’ll learn the meanings for the various furniture labels and the types of cleaners that should be used on various types of furniture.

Anyways, you want to have access to devices that can help you clean. A hand-held brush will be pretty useful in helping you scuff pieces of particles and dirt away. And if your furniture is really soiled, you are going to need a dust pan to dump all the debris and particles away.

Another pretty useful device is a compact mobile vacuum. If it comes with different nozzles, it will let you get into hard-to-reach locations quite easily and it’ll make cleaning a lot easier since a dust pan won’t be required.

You will also need to get some towels and cleaning solutions to help you clean if there are stains. However, if there are no stains, cleaning agents might not be required.

Anyways, once you have everything ready, you can start getting to work. Firstly, you’ll want to remove any dry particles that you see. Sometimes using a spatula can be quite helpful with that. Moreover, if you use cleaning solutions, paper towels will be very helpful in cleaning up excess liquids.

Cleaning Natural Leather Furniture

In order to clean leather furniture, sometimes all you need is a moist towel because it can resist spills. It’s a lot easier to clean up, and usually soap and water will do the trick.

You can use specially created cleansers that can provide you with a guarantee that everything will be clean. Stay clear of using anything that has steel components as this could cause rust later on.

Make sure that the entire couch or service is completely dry before anyone sits down.

Textile Furniture Tips

All you need for this is light soap and water, or some other special cleaning agent that will not cause discolorations in polyester or cotton furniture. You can massage this into the material using a soft brush, and even if you have to clean up hello, the state will be removed. Try to avoid caring the textile. After it is done, use a blow dryer to get a drive.

When cleaning delicate materials like velvet or satin, or if there are difficult stains, you should use dry cleaning options are possible. Always adhere to the guidelines that will lead you to the best possible results for your furniture.



Healthy Weight Loss Tips For Diabetics

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healthy-foodLosing weight isn’t easy for anyone, especially diabetics.  However, when weight loss is approached from a diabetic’s point of view, it doesn’t only help with weight loss, but with regulation of blood sugar levels as well.  Below, you’ll find a few tips that will help diabetics with a weight loss program.

  1. Firstly, anyone starting a weight loss program should first talk with their doctor and a doctor familiar with the health issues diabetics’ face will be able to offer the most helpful advice when it comes to any physical limitations and special dietary needs.
  2. A diabetic must exercise regularly. A target of at least around 30 minutes per day if possible.  Make sure you’ve consulted along with your doctor first before you start any program.  If you’re obese or even in poor health, start with walking and lightweight weight and gradually work your way up to more strenuous exercise.
  3. Make sure that you’re maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.  Diabetics, should watch their carbs, simply because they will increase blood sugar levels.  As anyone with diabetes knows, you need to watch your sugar levels, and eating lots of unhealthy carbs won’t only limit the ability to lose weight but can be potentially very dangerous.
  4. Be sure to check along with your doctor about any special dietary needs for diabetics.  Incorporate equally as much lean protein, vegetables and fruit along with other sensible foods to your meals.  Another helpful tip is to keep plenty of healthy snacks around to munch when hungry between meals.
  5. Diabetics should be sure to drink lots of water and get away from sugary drinks and diet soda.  Water will help keep you hydrated and eliminate unhealthy toxins.  It can also help to regulate your metabolism. If you need to add some flavor, try adding a slice of lime or lemon along with a lot of ice to give your water more flavor.

As you set about to lose weight, be guaranteed to check your sugar levels on a regular basis.  As excess weight continues to drop, your blood sugar may fluctuate.  Be sure to check in with your doctor and figure out what level your glucose must be at with the current weight.  This will be an ongoing procedure that will have to be maintained throughout the weight loss process.

Although diabetics may face challenges when it comes to weight loss, the benefits to them in a weight loss program are great: from shedding some pounds, working out regularly and maintaining blood sugar levels.  It’ll also increase their overall quality of life as they’ll have greater stamina, be much healthier and be able to live much longer.