Safety In The Construction Industry

Safety standards in certain parts of the construction industry are not what it should be. In particular, the refurbishment sector is one of the most risky areas for construction workers to work in as many precautions which are actually just common sense aren’t being put into practice, putting workers at a greater risk of suffering injury or death.In an attempt to overcome this safety issue, the Health & Safety Executive are sending out inspectors to visit various construction sites which are undergoing refurbishment or repairs. This is part of a national drive to improve the safety standards in the construction industry, and in particular they will be focusing on high risk activities such as working at height using scissor lifts, boom lifts, personnel lifts and other lifting equipment.These activities carry the greatest risk of serious injury due to the heights involved, and the goal of the safety drive is to reduce the incidence of death and serious injuries caused solely by working practices. These preventable accidents are unnecessary, and it is really just a matter of educating workers and bosses. There are a variety of laws and regulations that are there purposely to protect the safety of those who need to work at height as part of their job.For some reason the employers and employees working in the refurbishment sector of the construction industry seem to be the least educated in many of the common sense precautions that they should be doing as part of their common practices. The site managers and construction companies need further education into their obligations and the legal and moral responsibilities they have towards their workers.In particular, if you have any access equipment such as cherry pickers, whether they are in regular use or not, you need to make sure that your workers are given the appropriate safety equipment, know how to use it, and also that it is actually used every time it is needed. The workers who use the lifting equipment should be trained to use each piece of equipment that they may need to use. The platforms themselves also need to be serviced regularly and maintained as necessary. All your access platforms must have a service inspection on a six-monthly basis under the LOLER 1998 regulations. That is not only the law, but it is also necessary to ensure the safety of your crew, and that will reduce the time they are off work recovering from injuries.

Lies About Special Education Eligibility and 6 Ways to Overcome Them!

Are you the parent of a young child who thinks that their child may have autism? Do you think your child’s reading difficulty may be related to a learning disability? Have you tried to have your child tested for special education eligibility and your school district said no? This article will discuss lies that are related to special education eligibility and 6 ways to overcome the lies for the good of your child.Lies associated with special education eligibility:1. We will test your child but we get to pick the tests, and the areas to be tested. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that parents must give informed consent for testing (and to give informed consent the parent must know areas to be tested and what tests are going to be performed), and that the child is to be tested in all areas of suspected disability.2. You must sign this medical release form so that we can get your child’s medical records before we do the testing. Medical records are private under HIPPA and school districts do not have a right to them.3. Your child is on the waiting list for testing, be patient. IDEA does not allow waiting lists for testing or special education services. Testing must be complete within 60 days after the consent form is signed.4. Your child has a disability but it does not affect their education. To be eligible for special education a child must have two things: A. A disability, and B. Educational needs; that is it, nothing else.5. Your child does not have autism but has an emotional/behavior disorder. Many school districts state that a child does not have a particular disability; without even testing them.6. We do not do those type of tests for initial eligibility. Remember that IDEA requires a child to be tested in all areas of suspected disability.7. We met and decided that your child does not meet the criteria for special education. Parents must be included in all meetings and receive a 10 day written notice for all meetings for their child. Also, parents are equal members in the team that make any decision about their child, including eligibility for special education.6 Things that you can do to overcome these lies:1. Go to wrightslaw.com and educate yourself about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Then you will know when you are being lied to.2. Anytime special education personnel tell you that they can do something under the law; ask them for written proof of state or federal special education law that says that they can do it. Do this in writing, so that they cannot ignore you.3. Try and find an advocate or another parent that is familiar with special education to help you navigate the system.4. Put in writing all areas that you believe need to be tested, and the reason why. Recommend specific tests, if you are familiar with them. For example: If you think your child has Sensory Integration Processing Disorder (SIPT) ask for an Occupational Therapist that is SIPT qualified to test them.5. Ask for copies of all of the written reports (includes testing and interpretation of testing), 10 days before the eligibility meeting, and ask an advocate or another parent to help you interpret the test results. That way you will understand what the test results say before the meeting.6. If you are concerned that your child may have autism, ask for a Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS). When you request the Cars, tell the school that you will expect them to send you the parent survey for the CARS.By using these 6 tips you will be prepared for any lies told by special education personnel. Stand up to them because your child is depending on you!

How to Increase Education Percentage in India

India is a country which has though adopted the Right to Education Act and has made a mention of this right in Article 21A of the Indian Constitution; even then India has strived to achieve a literacy rate of only 74-75 percent. This figure may seem huge, but the simple criteria to certify a person as literate along with the advancing world is referred; the figure seems to be a small one only.To determine the literacy rate along with the percent of educated people we need to discuss upon various heads of education in India. Here we will discuss some topics to increase Education Percentage in India.Primary EducationThe opening up of the Anganwadi centers and the Indian government schools at each and every city and village has brought most of the children to school. Moreover, the appropriate governments also provide the students with various perks like free education, meals, books and uniform. This is the level of education where most of the students are enrolled and it is going up.Secondary EducationThis is the level where the drop out from school begins. The reason being, the poor conditions of the family. Not in all States, the education till the secondary level is free. The poor send their sons to work and get their daughters married after they complete their primary education. Scholarship schemes can help benefit this level of education.Higher EducationThis is the level of education where most of the students tend not to opt for. The reason being the high fees. It is very much evident that top class government colleges like IIT, NLU, AIIMS, IIM, NIFT are all high prices and private institutions charge double and more. Due to this reason, most the population which is either poor, or constitutes of the lower middle class doesn’t send their children for higher education. They prefer sending their children for jobs. The Central and the State universities charge less but still the poor household cannot afford the same. In this regard, the various scholarship schemes have played a very important role and so has reservation.Adult EducationThis is one of the trends mostly observed in the rural areas. The reason being, the population is unaware of the perks of being literate. In rural areas, night schools are operated by NGOs where the farmers who are not literate and also, the population who is senior is change are taught free of cost. This type of schooling is becoming popular and is bearing fruitful results.Gender LiteracyThe gender literacy is a big issue for the country to tackle. If we rely on the stats, then we can see that 82 percent of the males are literate as compared to 65 percent of females. A huge gap of 17 percent still lies. Though the 2011 census figures are better than the previous ones. It is only due to the different schemes introduced by the various State Governments with the support of the Central government. Schemes like Cycle Yojana, Uniform, Free meals and most importantly, free education have attracted most of the female students in the nation to schools. The poor parents are now sending their daughters to school.Education is very much important to survive in the globalized world of today. It is most of the times seen that the poor people are the ones who remain literate and so do their children. This is one of the reasons due to which they are victimized. But, the efforts of the governments at the different levels have helped increase the literacy rate in the recent years and are continuing to do the same.