The industry of oil and gas faces so many controversies when it comes to safety precautions. The extraction and drilling of oil, both onshore and offshore, has been considered as seven times more fatal for workers than the average industry’s rate of fatality.
When it comes to dealing with oil and gas, simple negligence can escalate into something life threatening. The mere failure of keeping a hauler clean can already cause a massive explosion if it will be used.
Being part of USA’s most dangerous profession, offshore professionals need to be equipped with knowledge and understanding of their rights as workers to know what to do in case of injury overseas.
What are the rights of an injured offshore worker?
Unfortunately, injured offshore workers do not know their rights that well. And so, discussed below are some the most useful rights injured offshore workers have:
THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT
A common scenario encountered by injured victims is being pressured into admitting that the accident was their fault. When employers do this, they may ask you to sign documents that waive the liability of the company or sign documents that will get you to a quick, and probably unfair, settlement. As an injured offshore worker, you have the right to keep your mouth closed and not discuss these things with your employer, their lawyers or any representatives of the company until you have yourself an offshore injury lawyer.
THE RIGHT TO A LAWYER
In the event wherein you are injured, the best move is to get yourself an offshore injury lawyer. With an offshore injury lawyer, your employer will not be able to turn tables and play the blame game on you. Your own lawyer will help you with your best interest in mind. A just and fair compensation and negotiation will take place contrary to if you try to settle things with the company without any legal advice.
THE RIGHT TO MEDICAL CARE OUTSIDE THE COMPANY
Even if most companies will encourage injured offshore workers to consult and be treated by medical practitioners working for the company, it is your right to seek medical care from a doctor or hospital of your own choice.
THE RIGHT TO HAVE MEDICAL BILLS PAID
In the case wherein the injury is not your fault and was caused by the company’s negligence or another worker’s, you have the right to have your medical bills compensated. Furthermore, in some cases like those for Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, you can have your medical expenses covered even without negligence.
THE RIGHT TO RECOVER
In some cases of offshore accidents, employers pressure injured workers into returning to work as soon as possible. However, workers who have serious injuries may return to their jobs when they fully recover. Although they might offer lighter workload and the threat of firing you if you refuse to report to work, you should know that it is your right to spend time recovering and healing until your doctor advises you to turn to duty.
The Bottom Line
Being aware of your rights as an injured worker is extremely beneficial in all situations. Through the knowledge and understanding of what you can legally do or not do, you will be able to help yourself avoid work oppression as well as unjust negotiations that only serve the interest of the company and not its workers.
The healthcare industry is always looking for ways to cut down costs, without endangering patients and usually takes advantage of the latest advances of the science of materials. There is a notable exception to this rule, and it is the old faithful Tyvek, introduced over 4 decades ago which is still the most used material for tags, sterile suits and medicine packaging.
The main reason for Tyvek’s popularity is the cost-benefit ratio. This durable material with the same features as paper regarding the ability to write on is also tough, water resistant and acts more like a plastic.
Hospitals prefer Tyvek to paper as it does not deteriorate easily, does not age and is just better suited for an environment that requires sterilization.
“Since it was introduced to the industry more than 40 years ago, DuPont™ Tyvek® for medical packaging has been playing a key role in advancing medical device technology and protecting the health of literally millions of patients worldwide. Recognized as a standard of excellence in healthcare packaging, Tyvek® is used in virtually every form of sterile medical packaging and a wide variety of pharmaceutical packaging applications—both sterile and non-sterile.”
Tyvek is also used in patient wristbands to help identification and medication and is comfortable to wear, hypoallergenic and safe, even for infants.
Compliance to healthcare regulations is getting harder each day, as new standards emerge to make hospitals safer places and prevent infections. Tyvek has stood the test of time and its medical versions ending in letter “B” or “FS” were proven to be safe against bacteria penetration and fungi. The producer enlists the medical standards which were used during the design and refinement of this material:
To give you an example of how safe this material is, just think that this is the stuff used to make the bunny suits that protect health workers against Ebola when interacting with contaminated patients.
It is also the fabric used in all surgical costumes, protecting the patient from infections and the doctors and nurses from the blood and body fluids resulting from surgery.
Better than paper
As described above, Tyvek is able to create a protective barrier, but it is also a great replacement for medical grade paper, as regards the particle penetration, deemed to be best protected against by Tyvek 1073B, resistance to breakage, moisture and a clean peel.
It is described to have a natural advantage over other materials since it is not woven, has no bindings and it is sterile, being totally synthetic.
Tyvek Tags and Pouches by Doranix prove how this material can be customized just like paper, it can be easily printed by a wide range of commercial printing solutions, such as inkjets or flexography. If you are looking for a way to keep track of your patients or to store medication in a lean system don’t hesitate to use a solution that promises to offer:
- Excellent resistance to microbial penetration, even in highly contaminated environments and under the toughest conditions
- Reduces risk of faulty packaging significantly.
- Reduces contamination risk for the device it covers.
Printing your tags on Tyvek results in a highly resistant item, which is reusable as long as the information in up to date.
I was primarily interested in two things when I first thought of doing a comparison of images rendered between a GeForce2 GTS and a Voodoo5 5500. The game Giants feature a number of graphical features that promises to deliver top-notch graphics. This page attempts to show the differences the two video cards make in Giants.
First of all, I will show you the option screens in the game as available in either video cards’ cases :
Now, the individual tweak settings for each card via their Display Properties :
Default settings were used under its “Direct3D Options” except that :
- 2×2 FSAA (slider Position 3) was used
Default settings were used under its “Advanced Features/Direct3D” except that :
- 4-sample FSAA used
- 3D Filter Quality set to “High”
- Alpha Blending set to “Sharper”
- Geometry Assist was “Enabled” (this actually enables “Direct3D T&L” option in the game)
- Level-Of-Detail Bias set to “-2”
- Mipmap Dithering was “Enabled”
The above settings for each card was configured to give the best image quality that each card can be tweaked to provide. I felt that this would make things more “realistic” since we want the best image quality each card can muster. I was also actually “forced” to choose 640×480 since I really wanted to show the effect FSAA can have in the game and going higher than 640×480 was unacceptably slow on either card. This is a decision I made since I am really impressed by the improvements FSAA made to the game – both in the case of the GeForce2 as well as the Voodoo5. Obviously, FSAA is a very subjective feature where some may find it an essential feature and is willing to lower resolutions in order to have FSAA enabled with playable framerates while others simply don’t give a rat’s ass about FSAA and will forever opt for ever higher resolutions.
Now, on to the actual comparison! Click right here and a new window will appear. Wait for the images to fully load in the gray box. I strongly suggest that you change your desktop resolution temporarily to no more than 800×600 since this will more or less emulate full-screen as it appears in-game. The new window will contain a Java applet where you are able to toggle between two screenshots :
(1) Default screenshot is that taken on a 3dfx Voodoo5 5500
(2) Move your cursor over the image and you will see a screenshot taken on a NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS
I will leave it to you guys to determine which looks better . Additionally you will also be able to see real-time framerates being displayed in both shots.
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