David behind 828 East Fourth Street: Blood on the Streets and Black Snow in the Sky updated 7 August 2019

David behind 828 East Fourth Street:  Blood on the Streets and Black Snow in the Sky updated 7 August 2019

The rent was forty five dollars a month. The upper window in this photo was one of three in the dining room. The lower window opened onto the coal bin and was used to receive coal which would be poured down a chute from a dump truck a ton or so at a time.
The house was heated by a coal fired octopus furnace. Except for the odium of taking out the ashes, other childhood chores such lighting the furnace at the onset of winter, breaking up lumps of coal, banking the fire at bedtime and taking turns at stoking the furnace were actually fun.
There were other ad hoc chores such as dishes, helping with washing laundry and ironing: all light work. I only hated dusting.
None of this was considered work but rather as lessons in self sufficiency by my parents and no more to me than interruptions in my business of living as child.
So that I could learn how to do business, I was assigned the task of ordering coal deliveries from Young’s Coal Company by phone. Is that much different that children today leaning to use computers?
During the coldest nights the furnace could not heat the bedrooms upstairs and the family slept on pallets of blankets and old quilts laid on the linoleum of the living room floor. I think that it was the night we got the temperature in living room above ninety but still couldn’t go upstairs without a coat that we gave up in favor of camping out in the living room. And this wasn’t often, and not even every winter.
Once we got a deal on old railroad ties and burnt them one winter. At first they were an inconvenience as they were not unloaded in back into the coal bin but at the front of the house where they were stacked under the clothes lines interfering with clothes drying in the basement on wash day. But then there was the chimney fire. Big chunks of black soot covering the neighborhood like snow. The firemen said we were pretty lucky that the fire was contained in the chimney, they said that after one of them noticing the hole for a stove pipe in the dining room, and poked a hole in it with his finger discovering that it had been sealed off with a paper plate which was then wall papered over.
These row houses had been pretty swell in their youth, they had been built with gas lights and when converted to electric were outfitted with push buttons instead of switches. They also had balconies, or had had balconies. Ours was long gone but the door and screen door were still there, we used it like a big window.

My parents smoked and the lace curtains needed washing often. When this was to be done I was sent to a neighbor, Jessie Able, who as a very little girl and survived the Johnstown Flood. I grew embarrassed of being a beggar after a while so saved my allowance until I could buy a six foot step ladder at Sears. We had no car and I didn’t tell anyone what I intended so I walked to the store (I was about 12) and carried the ladder back, round trip 1.6 miles – need a car for that?
In the proto-galley kitchen one of the faucets on the kitchen sink had been repaired with a threaded still cock, other wise the sink looked just like the sink in the Kramden’s. There was a single light with no light switch but we found the pull string because mother had tied a broken toy horse to it. A quadriplegic white plastic bucking bronco.
All of the ceiling lamps had lost their shades years before our time and all our bulbs were nude.
The kitchen was also the last place where I experienced corporal punishment at home. It was permissible for preschoolers to drag all of the pots and pans into the living room for toys but my space ship was not. That probably had something to do with it’s control panel being the same thing as the burner knobs on the gas stove. We were flying pretty fast when mother found us and my hand was spanked by a big old index finger. Hardly felt it but father told mother that she could have broken every bone in my hand with ‘that big old finger’.
There were a few doors without knobs (you ran a piece of torn bed sheet though the hole to use as a pull). Eventually I bought some door knobs from the East Side Hardware down the block and found a few more in an empty house so we got rid of the cloth pulls. Torn strips from bed sheets are also wonderful to pack windows against the winter winds. These were common practices at the time. The strips were kept over in a rag bag and a case knife, turned dull grey with age, kept as a dedicated window packing tool.
The board fence at the right of the photo enclosed the property of the Illinois Central Railroad, but not completely. Where it ended adventure began. The Yards also offered danger, and not just from the yard bulls or the monster rats. There was for a while and old black pedophile who looked just like Disney’s Uncle Remus and lived in one of the boxcars. He got successful with three brothers who lived on Cascaden Street but that didn’t last long and he disappeared into the system. I encountered him just once when walking down the alley to Hawthorn school. He smiled like all the suns in the universe, you would have though he was made out of love, but I had learnt what adults could be and circled around through back yards to be on my way. It was a couple weeks later that his ‘friendship’ with the neighbor boys was discovered.
The autos were owned by neighbors, the Dodge behind me was owned by Loren Heck a really big guy who was seeing Jesse Able. He could get mean when drunk and often was but when Jesse called the police he would shake his head like a wet dog and that is all it took for him to regain the appearance of being sober – this was before breath tests and the cops probably were very interested in domestic trouble anyway. When he died, she gave us the flag that had been on his casket, I still have it. Jesse, by the way had survived the Johnstown Flood when a child.
We had no car. The car had been used mostly for going out drinking when that stopped in favor of raising me the car when.
Above the fence can be seen the tops of buildings in the 900 block of East Fourth Street.
Directly across East Fourth Street from our home was the Silver Front Tap. I slept in front bed room overlooking the Silver Front. Sometimes when I was supposed to be sleeping I would watch the street from the window, which could be amusing considering the drunks coming out of the tavern in their attempts to go home. We never locked our doors until the night while father was working and we heard the front door open. Mother when to investigate and found a man on his hands and knees crawling up the stairs. She politely inquired, "What in the hell are you doing you old son of a bitch?" Somewhat testily he replied that he wasn’t a son of a bitch that his was his home and he was going to bed. She took him up by the collar, hauled him outside, threw him off the porch and started locking the door. He wasn’t in the yard in the morning so he probably crawled off to find a bed elsewhere.
In the Spring of 1962, while I was watch out of that window, a man left the bar and turned the corner onto Almond Street. He was going to his car parked in the gravel lot behind the bar he was followed by his girl friend’s husband. The husband came up to him and shot him.
During the summer of the murder and the year afterward I was sent every day to the Iowa Public Service power plant to take father lunch. The way was over the blood stain. Both ways. The chalk outline was gone after the first winter, the blood stain persisted two years.
But this was a great place, it was eight blocks from just about anything I could want except the Jr. High Schools and the hospitals and I didn’t want either of them. We had grocery stores a pharmacy, our doctor (Addison), a jeweler, bakery, hardware, lumber company, the renowned Hickey’s Restaurant, a dry cleaners, a couple bars, one A&W and both the Salvation Army Store and Saint Vincent de Paul Store. Plus a few junk stores which were really antique mines waiting to be found. All of which were no more than three blocks north or south. And just across the railroad tracks – the Recreation Center in an old school, torn down for the Sullivan Brothers Park, about the same time that their family home was torn down. It was like living in a city. You see why we got along fine without a car.

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Photo by Linden Hudson (amateur photographer). Linden works as a sound man on film and video crews. Sometimes film crews hire special effects make-up artists to do safety films.

Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol...
Read Linden’s story of the making of the super-famous ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album at: www.flickr.com/people/152350852@N02/
LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 Billy Gibbons interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS FINALLY ADMITTED: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
THE GREATEST ROCK REBRAND OF ALL TIME (by Jason Miller): "Sound engineer Linden Hudson researched the tempos at which the most popular rock tracks in the charts had been recorded. His data showed that there was something very special about 120 beats to a minute. Gibbons decided to record pretty much the whole of ZZ Top’s new album at that tempo. The result? 1983’s Eliminator. It was named after Gibbons’ Ford Coupé; it had been created through a unique combination of creative collaboration and data mining. And it was about to take the world by storm."
ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​
VINYLSTYLUS DOT COM: Much of Eliminator was recorded at 124bpm, the tempo that considered perfect for dance music by the band’s associate Linden Hudson. An aspiring songwriter, former DJ and – at the time – drummer Frank Beard’s house-sitter, Hudson’s involvement in the recording of the album would come back to haunt them. Despite assisting Gibbons with the pre-production and developing of the material that would end up on both El Loco and Eliminator, his contribution wasn’t credited when either record was released.
INFOMORY DOT COM: ‘Eliminator’ is a studio album of the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983 and topped the charts worldwide. Its lyrics were co-written by the band’s sound engineer Linden Hudson while the band denied it.
However, despite the album credits bass-player Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were replaced during the recording process by synthesizers and a drum machine programmed by engineer Linden Hudson, who allegedly co-wrote much of the music with Gibbons despite receiving no credit at the time. Gibbons would later say of Hudson that “he was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing”. Hudson did no less than show the band how to stay relevant in an age where three guys from Texas with long beards (except famously for Frank Beard) and blues licks were one of the last things the contemporary market was demanding.

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Numis Network Team Takeover Asks Why Would You Put My MLM Products In A Safety Deposit Box

Numis Network Team Takeover Asks Why Would You Put My MLM Products In A Safety Deposit Box

Numis Network team takeover pulling the reins of a $ 110+ billion industry, started by Ian Cordell, Chris Kent and Jake Kovorkian in August 2009. Today taking the world of Internet marketing by warp speed. Redefining all frontiers of the marketing world by becoming a pioneer in the field of network marketing.

Offering a unique one of a kind product to its potentially huge customer base. A networking system based on profiting from the sale of gold and silver numismatic coins. A high value product by any means considering the plummeting net worth of global economies.

Larry is mainstream America. He used to be a cable guy, long time married with a big family, five kids. He goes by the nickname of Stonecold Millionaire. He is also thought to be an expert online multi-level marketer.

Truly a one of its kind business venture. Redefining networking purely on the basis of team leadership and team work. No man or woman is accepted as a leader at Numis unless he or she has the guts and tenacity to put his or her name where their mouth is.

It is mandatory for all leaders of Numis to firmly emblazon their names on the Numis website. Failure to accept or acknowledge the above would result in immediate termination. After all, there are millions of people who are looking up to guidance from Numis leaders. Guidance to take them to a dream. To lead them to where they want to go. Where few have dared to even dream to tread. The people with a purpose. A mission. An ambition. Nurturing the hope that their leader will share with them all that he or she has to get them to the top. To make it big. Not only in networking, but in life.

And at Numis, these dreams and voices are heard. They are heard and put into action. For Numis believes that action speaks louder than words, or thoughts, or writing. And taking action is all about making dreams come true. And making dreams a reality is all about keeping people happy.

And Numis believe that a happy family is all that it wants. For a happy family contributes to a larger picture. One happy family leads to another happy family and then some more. And so the chain continues. And happy families mean loads of happy people. Which means a happy world. And that makes Numis happy.

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Numis is going places. And it is these same very happy people who are profiting from a massive spillover from a unique and binary system that is making Numis what it is today. A happy company with happy people.

Dream team or not, is beside the point. Key take away is that the Numis Network Team Takeover webe is a powerful example of the goals of the Numis platform. It is also a marvellous resource bank for members that want to use the experience of comembers.

David Wood is a serial entrepreneur, internet ninja, and chronic Network Marketer. If you’re ready to take your Numis game to the next level, you can start by reading David Wood’s Numis Review now.

Cute Covers Make Kids Wear Safety Helmets At All Times

Cute Covers Make Kids Wear Safety Helmets At All Times

The great problem with kids, and this seems to be true no matter which part of the world they come from, is that they will never want to do anything that is good for them. Cycle enthusiasts of any age must wear protective gear at all times, but try getting the kids to wear something that they think is unfashionable. These days though, there are some rather innovative helmet covers which come in some trendy and cute designs that the kids just love. Even an informed adult will don a helmet cover particularly if he is trying to encourage his own kids to do the same.

For the adult cycle enthusiast there are some more grown up styles which suit practically every occasion. Even if a lady enthusiast is getting married, there is one that slips over the headgear in the shape of a veil and tiara. This may sound a little odd but so popular are they that some companies have several varieties to suit just about any color scheme.

Really though, it is the kids who have more variety than anyone else. Those in the shape of a princess style goes down well particularly in the younger set. Indeed, in all shades of pink and little girls will tell you is the ‘in’ color, there are so many different designs that some girls will want more than one for sure. Then she can pick and choose what to wear on any particular day.

We all know that small boys like just about anything green and grisly and here they have a whole array of different styles to choose from. Monster heads and little devil styles seems to be the order of the day but most opt for a superhero of some kind to whiz around the neighborhood in. Anything which keeps the hat on the head, of course, must be well worth it no matter how silly it may look to some.

These particular add-ons are also good for skiing and skating activities too when the participant has to protect his head. Because of the hazards involved, these should be introduced to encourage the use of safety gear at all times. As they become more proficient they may want to stop wearing them but if the adults are sporting something trendy then odds on the kids will want to follow suit too.

On snow and ice these particular add-ons also serve another purpose of course. Sometimes there is an unexpected snow fall or landslide and people are caught up in a flurry of the white stuff. Anyone caught out in this must wear something very brightly colored so that rescuers can find them when necessary. Indeed, even clothing should be as bright as possible too since an unconscious skier will not be able to raise the alarm.

For the smaller kids out there, a bumblebee or butterfly looks absolutely cute and adorable, get out the cameras, but still serves the safety aspect. Made from stretch Lycra style materials, these handy and useful additions to the wardrobe make life safer all round.

Stewart Wrighter’s wife recently purchased a specialty helmet cover online for their daughter’s birthday party. His wife loved the large selection of helmet covers she found online.

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Making Safety a Priority With FR Clothing

Making Safety a Priority With FR Clothing

During a down economy, businesses reduce their costs to make it through the tough times. However, some costs should not be cut. For example, an airline needs fuel to stay in business. Other expenses like company picnics and travel can be reduced until the economy improves, but items like FR clothing are vital to a productive and safe work environment.

Work Safety Programs

Everyone becomes diligent about safety after there’s been an accident. People are more motivated to reduce the risks of the workplace when an incident is still fresh in their minds. FR clothing and other protective safety equipment is upgraded, new procedures are implemented, and the business becomes a safer place.

The goal of any work safety program is to have no incidents of accident of injury. Unfortunately, when no accidents occur, people often then question the cost of a safety program. They wonder if employees really need flame resistant uniforms since the business has not had even one fire related injury in the past six years. Unfortunately, the expenses for safety are usually regulated by those who don’t do the actual work.

Safety becomes even more questioned in a down economy. With workers facing layoffs and cut benefits, management often feels they can avoid these problems by making cuts in safety. As a down economy continues, employees work extra hours, experience low morale, which sometimes leads to accidents.

The Value of Safety

Businesses use calculations to determine return on investment to decide which expenses are valuable to the company and which are not. The cost of new equipment for manufacturing is balanced against the productivity increase to calculate how long it will take the equipment to pay for itself. While it’s easy to see the benefits of safety, it’s difficult to calculate its value because there is no way of knowing the disasters averted and how much they would have cost.

Safety expenses like FR clothing must be evaluated in a different way. An accident can cost millions in expenses and when you add the price of potential legal action and the lost productivity from low employee morale, a safety program doesn’t seem so expensive after all.

Cut Costs, Not Safety

Even a business that recognizes the necessity of expenses like FR clothing may not have the money required. However, there are ways to cut costs without cutting safety.

Consider buying FR clothing that is machine washable. This type is easy to care for and receives their flame resistance from the modacrylic fabric used instead of from added chemicals that can wear off, causing the need for frequent replacement. By caring for these flame retardant clothes, you can reduce the cost.

Controlling the budget of your business isn’t always about spending less. It’s often about spending smart. Make smart budget cuts when necessary that will keep your business in a great position to profit, regardless of the economy.

Stephanie Youker is the author for DRIFIRE, developers and manufacturers of comfortable flame resistant clothes that combine safety with comfort and moisture management. They are dedicated to protecting our firefighters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel from the dangers of their jobs with FR clothing.

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Online Home Insurance – Your Safety Net!

Online Home Insurance – Your Safety Net!

Summer’s hottest events is on, do you wish to attend? Some of the events outlined are Glastonbury or the Download Festival and Reading amongst others. If you desire to go, then you must put into consideration your tent, towel, toothbrush and the most important of all your home insurance.

You may not understand how important home insurance deal is to your festival. To embark on events like this you will definitely need to take your digital camera, mobile phone, iPod and designers wrist watch along. Report had it that the last Glastonbury Festival recorded over 50% increase in crime rate. Don’t Forget, opportunist thieves are waiting for your arrival. And it will be very vital to have home insurance deal as a back up.

The Effect of Home Insurance

Home Insurance is not meant to cover home items as most people think. Under some home plan there is always room for personal possession policy. And you can only get this when you search and contact the right insurer. This personal possession cover grant any item you take outside your home the basic protection it requires.

To get Personal Possession cover you must be ready to pay an extra fee. This is because not all insurers offer this cover separately. Though, you can obtain it from providers who offer it as their standard cover. But many will want you to pay extra fee as low as 30pounds annually.

You would notice that it is inexpensive especially when you compare it with the price of your stolen item in your house when you are having a party. You also find out its cheaper because getting g a cover as part of standard policy would be very difficult when you shop online for home insurance.

How you can secure your personal possessions

Make Home Plan your last choice–it’s there to give adequate protection and assistance in bad situation.

– Take the important possessions with you-keep the most valued possessions at home.
– Don’t walk alone – walk together with friends to avoid being attacked by thieves


Ensure Your Safety With The Best Electric Contractor In Cape Town

Ensure Your Safety With The Best Electric Contractor In Cape Town

Different aspects need to be taken care off while constructing a new building. Buildings would be incomplete without electrical components. This is where electrical contractors play an important role. However, an electrician should not be mistaken with an electrical contractor in Cape Town. An electrical contractor can be a business person or a firm that performs specific construction work relating to design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. While an electrician is an individual tradesman working on behalf of an electrical contractor, individuals or companies, an electrical contractor is a business person or company that employs electricians. But in both cases possessing the licenses and insurances to operate a business safely and properly is important although the requirements vary from state to state.

The job of electrical contractors is extremely a specialized one. Electrical contractors in Cape Town need to be highly qualified for their position and should possess the ability to work closely with the construction company and ensure proper communication. Based on the type of work performed, electrical contractors can be classified into three major types.”Outside” or “line” contractors deal in high-voltage power transmission and lines distribution. Line contractors are mainly involved in building and maintaining the infrastructure essential to transport electricity generated at a power plant. Then there are “Inside” electrical contractors who provide electricity to structure within a property’s boundary lines. Inside electrical contractors work as chief contractors for all electrical and cabling design. They usually install and maintain commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Skilled at integrating system controls, Voice/Data/Video” electrical contractors work chiefly with low-voltage installations like climate controls, back-up power, wireless networks, energy-efficient lighting, fiber optics, telecommunications and security systems.

Some electrical contractors are particularly trained in the wiring of air conditioning and heating systems, others expertise in doing the telephone wiring, lighting or alarm systems. Electrical contractors in South Africa need to conform to the South African National Standards Wiring Code (SANS10142)f to ensure that the systems work safely and are required to adhere to the OSH Act at all times. When an electrical contractor in Cape Town is hired to work on a building development the contractor works with the blueprint of the building first. They look out where they can put electrical wiring. Once the wiring has been fitted into the walls, the electrician then decides upon the plug sockets. There may be more than one electrical contracting company working on the project in some big construction projects,

There are several online portals that offer full spectrum of services that one would expect from a first class electrical service company. An experienced company like JEH electrical ensures highest standards of electrical contracting. Safety being the main concern, JEH electrical employs the latest equipment and designs. The company aims to provide clients with accurate quotes and ensures that the projects are carried out to the desired satisfaction.

So, if you are in Cape Town and in search of an electric contractor, select the best in the town. After all, when it safety it is better not to take any chances.

To know more about electric company and electricians you can log in jehelectrical.co.za, where you will get a extensive arrangement of necessary information on electrical contractors, electricians Cape Town and many more.

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