Prevent Accidents: Promoting Farm Tractor Safety

Oct 30

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tractor safetyFarm tractors are among the major causes of work-related accidents in farms across the country. According to Purdue University, side overturns or tractor upsets play a role in most tractor-related deaths and are responsible for injuries and property damage. Falls are another source of injury and common victims include tractor operators and passengers who are usually children.
Read on to know more about promoting tractor safety:

Preventative Maintenance

Safe tractor operation starts with pre-operational checks before actual use. Be sure to check the tire condition and its level of inflation, and the fuel and hydraulic fluid levels as well. Don’t forget to inspect the brakes, steering wheel, and air cleaner. Read the operator’s manual and follow the precautions and preventative maintenance recommended.

Proper Training

Make sure that all workers using the tractor received proper training. Workers should be familiar with the operating features of the machine to develop the confidence to use it in challenging conditions. Berry Machinery Management Services suggests asking an experienced operator to help you study the labels and features of the equipment.

For Intended Purposes Only

Farm tractors have different purposes, but improper use can lead to accidents. Keep in mind that they are designed to transport units and remote power sources. Avoid using them for recreation, towing, or herding cattle.

Safe Operating Speed

Maintain a safe speed to avoid the chance of a side upset. Make sure to slow down when making turns and watch out for obstructions. Watch where you are heading, especially if there are obstacles like trees or limbs. Always adjust to speed conditions.

No Extra Passengers

Tractors are designed to carry only the operator. Avoid using it to transport another rider. An unforeseen turn or bum may toss the extra rider off the tractor. Extra riders can also cause some problems, as they can interfere with the operation of controls.

Win the war against tractor accidents with these tips. Know your equipment and always consult the owner’s manual for safe operation. It is also important to plan and remain flexible with farming operations to reduce fatigue and stress.

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Should You Sell Your Home Before Moving Out?

Oct 28

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HomeThe first thing you have to worry about when you and your family are ready to move out is the property itself. You have to decide whether you want to sell, then buy a house, or buy first then sell your old house. This might seem like an easy decision, but it will decide your comfort and finances for the following months after your move. If you are still undecided, this guide may help you:

Where Will Your Items Go?

Buying a new house allows you to move out immediately. You do not have to worry about storage because your belongings already have a place for safekeeping. In addition, you can stage your old house better. Your estate agent can take pictures and make the property more appealing to the market.

Selling before buying mean you have to rent an apartment and keep your items in a self-storage facility until you have found your new home. Professional online estate agents in the UK say the advantage is you know how much you have at hand. When buying a property, you are aware of your budget.

How Long Are You Willing to Wait?

Buying a new house is better if you have already paid off the mortgage of your old home. If not, you will be shouldering two mortgages at the same time. Your budget will suffer and you might not have enough funds to hire an estate agent and advertise your house for selling. In addition, you also have to pay for the maintenance and security of your old home whilst it is still vacant.

Selling your home may give you the funds, but it adds pressure to the buying process. If your family does not want to stay in a temporary rental, you might end up giving in and buy whatever you think is okay. It is possible to end up regretting the decision.

The choice between buying and selling a house does not have a definite answer. It is up to the homeowner’s decision which situation they prefer.

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Professional Drivers: Take 5 For Safety!

Oct 24

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professional driverTo ensure the safety of both human lives and precious commodities that commercial drivers transport, concerned authorities laid down a number of rules and regulations. Some of the laws were more specific and mandatory, but others were simple, universal guidelines that every worker should follow to avoid accidents. One such guideline is Take 5 For Safety, a guidebook from bsprint.com.au linking worker safety in construction, automotive, and mining.

The Take 5 For Safety process is a simple and yet, effective way to increase the safety awareness in people working in various fields. This applies to professional drivers as well, in whose hands lay the lives of their passengers, or the safety of the manufactured goods they may be transporting.

Apart from the Take 5 For Safety pointers, some guidelines for driver safety include:

Rules and Regulations

  • Adherence to certain formalised driving hours between states that ensure optimum efficiency of the driver.
  • Working time regulations that restrict the driving hours to such a period that does not fatigue the driver causing unnecessary road mishaps.
  • Having a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence licence in addition to having a driving licence that certifies that the driver is qualified for driving large vehicles for passenger or commercial purposes.

When professional drivers abide by these rules and regulations, it implies that he will not be overworked. This in turn contributes towards reducing the occurrence of road accidents and transportation delays.

Responsibilities

In addition, the professional drivers receive certain responsibilities as a means of bettering road safety. These include:

  • Complying with the traffic rules of the region, failing which penalties are applicable.
  • Fitness for duty, which means that the driver can complete the task.
  • A safe driver, that is one who does not give in to road rage and one who obeys traffic rules.

Checking of Vehicles

Further, professional drivers must check their vehicles before they drive, to deem them road-worthy. One of the driver’s responsibilities is to report any faults in the vehicle to the fleet system personnel.

Professional drivers should follow these rules and regulations, so that every journey will be a safe and pleasant one. Sometimes these rules are mere good sense, and one that every driver needs to do even without a local statute.

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Planning a Holiday? Tailored Holidays for Perfect Experiences

Oct 22

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vacationWith the holiday season about to commence, people are busy planning their vacations to various parts of the world. To make things easier for them, travel and tour agencies have come up with pre-planned tour packages that let you get a glimpse of everything beautiful and important in a destination, all in an organised manner.

If you are planning a holiday with everything you want included, says Pettitts, then regardless of the advantages you have with a pre-planned tour package, you are still better off getting a bespoke holiday.

You are in control

With a holiday itinerary customised based on your needs, you are in total control of what happens during your vacation. On the other hand, with a pre-packaged tour, you will have to see what the tour provider shows you, whether it interests you or not. Being in control of your vacation is important; after all, this is when you want to do something for yourself, and not something that someone planned for you. Pick the things you fancy and make your holiday even more exciting and memorable.

Go at your own pace

Another benefit of getting a bespoke holiday package is that you can go at your own pace. With a planned holiday tour, you will have to abide by set schedules and linger at a sightseeing place only as long as the tour package allows. But with a tailor-made touring plan you can –

-choose what you want to visit
-take your time to see and absorb everything at the location for as long as you want
-eat where you want
-stay at the hotel if you do not feel like going out for the day
-select various activities during your vacation that cover the needs of everyone in your group—or just yourself.

Stick to your budget

Importantly, with a tailor made holiday plan, you can stick to your budget. On the other hand, with a pre-package holiday tour, you will have to pay the same as everyone else on the tour. With your own holiday plan you can choose –

-cheaper sightseeing sites
-cheaper dining places
-means of transportation

Planned tours are fine if you do not mind going with the entire package planned for you, but if you have specific plans of your own, going with a bespoke holiday package is the best option.

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4 Issues You Might Encounter with Your Old Gas Water Heater

Oct 21

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water heaterWater heaters have become an essential to modern living. Families today see to it that this facility is present in their homes. Heaters are not only useful during the winter months, but are also beneficial any time of the year.

Gas water heaters, however, wear out through regular use. This often results in various problems that may compromise daily use. This is why you should always be on the lookout for issues such as the following:

Not Enough Hot Water

When there is not enough hot water coming through, it might be because of a damaged dip tube. This component is responsible for bringing water to appropriate heating component. Perina Plumbing says that once this is damaged, water may not be heated at all. You should also check the thermostat if it is set too low to be sure.

Too Much Noise

Gas water heaters may generate noise at times, and these usually are not indicative of a problem. If you suspect, however, that something is not working right, check if there is enough ventilation. The sizzling sound might be a result of condensation dripping on the burner. Lime build-up might also cause steaming in the scale.

Pilot Light is Not Lighting Up

The pilot light is important to ignite the burner. To keep it from lighting up, inspect the thermocouple immediately. The thermocouple should always be secured to the thermostat assembly near the flame emitted by the pilot light. You might also want to check the other gas appliances if they are still working.

Leaking Tanks

Lastly, if you notice any leaks, see if it is coming from the pipes or the valves. Do not replace the water heater too soon, as the leaks might just be the result of condensation.

The secret to making the most of your gas water heater is through regular maintenance and proper use. You can enjoy all the benefits it provides as long as you know when to have it fixed or when to upgrade the parts.

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A Happy Life, a Healthy Life: Natural Mood Enhancing Supplements

Oct 20

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happyEmotional health lets you live a more fulfilling life. When you are emotionally healthy, you experience a sense of well-being, a zest for life. You can cope with stress and avoid depression and other such concerns. In other words, you’re happy.

Depression is a mood disorder that is widely prevalent across the globe. It not only affects your ability to be happy, but also your thoughts, feelings and actions. While therapy and anti-depressants are generally prescribed for people who experience this disorder, there are newer, healthier options for treatment available these days.

According to the website shopsupplementcenter.com, mood enhancers and other natural supplements are an option. These products consist of natural ingredients, like vitamins, herbs and supplements, which are known to enhance a person’s mood.

Some of the most common herbs and vitamins used as mood enhancers include:

- St. John’s Wort – this yellow flower is believed to have many compounds that are beneficial to emotional and mental health. Its leaves and flowers are ingredients for products prescribed to battle sleep disorders, treat wounds, bug bites, etc. St. John’s Wort can be consumed as tablets, capsules, teas or liquid extract.
Valerian – made from dried roots, this is an herbal remedy usually taken as sleep aids or as anxiety relievers.
SAME (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) – this is derived from a particular amino acid, and is commonly believed to have mood enhancing properties.
Omega-3 fatty acids: found commonly in foods like flaxseed and oily fish, the Omega-3 fatty acids have many useful implications, apart from mood enhancement, like lesser cardiovascular disease risks.
B vitamins – B vitamins, like folate (found in nuts, meat, fruits and vegetables), have been found to have natural mood enhancing properties.

Other alternative treatment forms that have been found to have beneficial effects, including for countering depression, are acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, guided imagery, massage therapy, and yoga and meditation. When combined with dietary supplements containing natural substances found to enhance one’s mood, healthier and higher quality life becomes a possibility.

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The ICT Sector in South Africa—A Hotbed of Opportunities

Oct 17

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ICT IndustrySouth Africa might not be recognised as among the world’s most developed countries just yet, but it certainly is showing signs of getting there quite fast. One hallmark of a developed nation is its information and communication technology sector, which is both developing and sophisticated in South Africa at the moment. In fact, this industry is said to be a major contributor to the national GDP, which indicates just how important it is as a contributor to the country’s economy.

Technology Leadership

Internet Solutions says IT in South Africa is noted for its technology leadership. That is, the country is recognised throughout the world for its innovations and creations in the ICT industry and the resultant products that are exported the world over. South African technology leadership comes to the fore particularly in the electronics banking sector. The nation is also known for being a world leader in the manufacture of pre-payment, revenue management, set-top boxes and fraud prevention systems.

Low-Cost Hub

Another reputation South Africa has earned as of late is that of being a low-cost call centre hub, which has been exploited by many reputed global companies. Further, the developing environment of the nation provides an ideal setting for carrying out many testing and piloting operations for innovations in the IT and telecom sector. Since South Africa is best suited for both outsourcing and R&D works, it makes the country an even bigger hotbed for those seeking career opportunities in the ICT industry in the nation.

ICT Penetration

Further, the information and communication technology products and services have penetrated the South African market at a rapid pace in recent times. This has prompted many local, national and international companies to supply plenty of telecom networks to the nation that has resulted in its telecom network being the most established in the African continent. The only drawback is the high cost of bandwidth, which is also being looked into by the government as a means to bettering communication within the nation and with others on the world map.

In short, the information and communication technology sector in South Africa is undergoing a boom at present. Now is the time is right to strike the IT career rod in the growing financial capital of Africa.

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