"The paternoster lift is without a doubt the most dangerous sort of lift," says Thomas Pfaff, director of the lift section at TUV Rheinland, one of Germany's primary elevator safety inspectors. It has no doors and never comes to a halt... "It's simple to picture a circumstance in which someone might lose a limb."
In fact, the paternoster is responsible for about 15% of all fatal lift accidents in Europe. The reason is its design: It has no safety device that would prevent people from getting trapped inside if the lift stops between floors.
If this happens, someone would have to break down the door or window to escape. But because there are no doors or gates on these lifts, they can't be disabled. And since they stop only at pre-set floor numbers, not at random floor levels, there's really no way to know how to operate them safely.
In addition to being dangerous, paternosters are also inefficient. Because they don't use electric motors, they require more energy to move a given weight over a longer distance. For example, it takes about three times as much power to drive a paternoster up one floor as it does a conventional elevator.
This is why over time people started using elevator cars instead. A car is a compartment attached to a chain or belt that runs along tracks mounted to the walls of the building.
Dangers of Baby Walkers They are considered dangerous because they move so swiftly. When your baby is upright in a walker, he or she is taller and can reach objects that they wouldn't otherwise be able to grasp. Falling down steps or stairs is a potential hazard. Walking toys such as baby walkers create a false sense of security, which can lead to babies falling out. If you put a baby in a walker before he or she can walk, the child will still be using muscle control from his or her legs to maintain balance while being carried in the walker. This makes it harder for your baby to learn how to use these muscles correctly when walking.
Baby walkers have become popular again due to television commercials that make them seem like safe alternatives to traditional cribs and carriers. However, they are not recommended for use until your baby is at least 15 months old. There have been several cases of infants suffering from injuries such as fractures when using walkers, since their arms are not strong enough to support their weight. Also, walkers with wheels tend to roll away from caregivers, preventing any kind of free movement. Finally, walkers prevent your infant from developing motor skills that are necessary for proper posture and balance.
The use of walkers before your baby can walk properly increases his or her risk of injury. Use of the device should be avoided unless there is no other option available for securing a baby in a safe manner.
Say no to a hand-me-down crib or bassinet. An extremely thick mattress or puffy sides, both of which pose a suffocation danger, and legs with an old-style locking mechanism that might abruptly release are two potential hazards. A product label that reads "Do not use if crib has been used with a baby weighing more than 20 pounds" should give you some idea of the kind of precautions that were taken during its development.
A homemade cradle can be dangerous for babies if it is not made of wood and properly built. A metal cradle can be deadly if it is left lying in a garage filled with tools and other materials known to be toxic to infants. Even a wooden cradle can be harmful if it is made of untreated wood and has sharp edges. The risk is especially high if you use old furniture such as broken toys that have not been safely discarded.
Babies can fall out of their handmade cradles if they are not tightly strapped in. Use straps or belts instead. If your cradle does not have any type of safety feature, consider getting one. Cradle locks are available for purchase at many toy stores and infant product manufacturers.
Make sure you follow all manufacturer's instructions when using a homemade crib or cradle. If you are not sure about how to take care of something, ask someone who knows better before you use it on your child.
Even though they are not generally hazardous, they have been known to assault people. There were 220 documented occurrences of jackal attacks on people in eastern India between 1998 and 2005, although none were deadly. Children are more vulnerable since they are tiny. If you live in an area where these animals are common, then you should be aware of their behavior.
Their bites can be serious because they contain large quantities of venom. Although there have been no reported deaths from jackal bites, if you are bitten by one of these animals then you should seek medical attention immediately.
These creatures prefer to hunt at night, so if you come across one of them during this time then it is best to stay away from it. They will usually move off into some cover if you make any noise, so try to keep as quiet as possible when out walking at night.
If you encounter a jackal while it is hunting then stand your ground until it leaves. Do not run unless you have another option available to you. These animals will often chase down its prey until it dies, so if you can create some distraction for it then do so!
Jackals are found in most parts of the world where there are animals to eat, so although they cannot kill humans, they can still cause serious injury if you come into contact with one of them.
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Physical injuries have been identified as one of the primary causes of child death, particularly among street children. A analysis of physical injuries found that street males had a greater incidence than girls, and those aged 16 and older were connected with an increased risk of injury on the streets. The most common cause of injury was work related (32%), followed by violence (26%). Over half of all injured street children did not receive medical attention.
The number of children running away from home for economic reasons has increased in recent years. In some cases, these children will become involved in prostitution or drug trafficking to be able to make money to eat regularly.
There are also fears that street children might be victims of crime. Children who are alone on the streets at night and unable to communicate with others about what is happening to them are considered vulnerable to sexual abuse and other crimes. Research has shown that younger children are at greatest risk from violent offenders while older children may be targeted by thieves looking to steal their belongings.
Finally, there are concerns that street children are exposed to infections such as HIV/AIDS because they have many sexual partners to escape poverty. There is evidence that children are being infected with HIV through maternal transmission, blood transfusions, and organ transplants.
Overall, it can be said that street children are certainly not immune to danger.