Propane Explosion: Surely an Avoidable Accident

In July of 2013 propane explosions shook a refilling plant in Tavares, Florida, injuring about eight plant workers and requiring at least a half-mile evacuation area. Propane explosions, which cause serious injuries and/or death in many homes and work places, have become more frequent in the US. Some of the reasons why propane explosions occur include improper maintenance of propane facilities, equipment failure, improper use of the propane, gas leaks and human error.

It only requires a small amount of propane for an explosion to occur. Thus, any hint or suspicion of propane leak, you should never switch on or use any device or appliance which causes a spark; and make sure that you entrust the repair of the leak only to a qualified individual.

Though a highly flammable gas and, therefore, dangerous, propane is, nonetheless, a very common fuel used in American homes. People use it to cook food, barbecue, heat their homes and fuel engines. To keep from the possible occurrence of a propane explosion, propane systems and propane-powered appliances should be checked by qualified service technicians regularly. Home residents should also refrain from using propane grills inside their home or in small and enclosed areas, as well as from using damaged propane cylinders or tanks.

If an exploding propane tank inside a residential unit is enough to tear down an apartment; imagine what a 10,000-gallon propane tank could do to a plant facility and the workers inside that plant. Explosion injuries are sometimes sustained by completely innocent parties in accidents that could have been avoided. For example, complying with the stipulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding proper handling, labeling and storage of propane and other hazardous elements can significantly reduce workplace injury.

The primary duty of ensuring safety in the workplace is placed on the shoulders of every employer, thus employers should include maintenance of safety a duty of everyone in the workplace. According to the website of a Fayetteville Workers Compensation Lawyer, failure to make the workplace a safe area for everyone is an act of negligence and a violation of OSHA safety standards – an act punishable under the law.

Major Health Issues can Affect A Child Custody Case

When making decisions regarding custodial rights, family law courts in all US states always consider the children’s best interests as their primary determining factor. In the past, child custody was awarded to only one parent, while the other was given visitation rights to ensure his/her continuous communication with the child. Today, however, joint physical and legal custody may be granted by the court if both spouses are deemed by the court as fit custodians and if the physical, mental and emotional contributions of both are vital to the child’s growth and development.

Joint physical custody gives both spouses the right to have equal time with the child, while joint legal custody allows them to make decisions that will affect the child’s religious development, education and health.

There are occasions, however, when special issues arise, which alter the circumstances and which necessitate modifications in the custody arrangement decided by the court. A few of these special issues can be:

  • The child preferring to live with one parent
  • The custodial parent remarries and the child cannot adjust well with
  • The new step-parent or the step-parent’s child / children
  • One parent is convicted of a crime
  • One parent becomes alcohol and/or drug dependent
  • The physical and/or mental health of one parent becomes an issue

A parent suddenly diagnosed with a severe health condition will definitely have his/her custodial rights over the child affected, considering the fact that such serious illness may render him/her incapable of satisfying all the child’s needs.

One example of a serious illness that can suddenly alter a person’s health and physical condition is mesothelioma. As mentioned in the website of Williams Kherkher, mesothelioma is an incurable and deadly malignant cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Like all other types of cancer, mesothelioma cannot be diagnosed during its early stage, but manifests itself only when it has already worsened and can no longer be treated. Deadly as it is, there can be no other time when having custody of your child would mean so much to you. If your former spouse would obstinately deny you the rights or even privilege of having your children live with you, then having a really good lawyer who, fully understanding your health situation, would be determined to strongly fight for your interests and rights.