What safety measures do I need to take when disposing of dead animals found on my land?

Question by Edd S: What safety measures do I need to take when disposing of dead animals found on my land?
I work for a company and we frequently find dead fox’s and other wild animals dead when they have been hit by a train or electrocuted. We have to bag these and dispose of these ourselves – what controls should we have in place to protect our staff? I know risk assess – but if you have some pointers this would be helpful.

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Answer by Matthew D
Wear long handled surgical gloves and wash your hands/arms afterwards. If you get to them soon enough they don’t smell bad or aren’t that messy, but after a few days it can be pretty gross.

However, since they were probably healthy before they got hit by a train/electric wire, etc, most of the things (microbes and etc) that live in those dead animals are naturally all around us all the time, they are in the dirt, they are on your skin before you ever touched the animal. They moved inside the animal once the white blood cell count dropped because the heart stopped beating, but they aren’t going to move inside you. You’ve been exposed them already, and they can’t hurt a healthy human. (If you have cancer/HIV/pregnant/running a fever/open wounds/etc, then you aren’t healthy, and should avoid it.) If you were picked up animals that died of weird illnesses that you didn’t understand, (if you find a flock of dead chickens with no signs of trauma, for instance,) you’ll want to wear a full body suit and a self contained breathing system…

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The horse ain’t dead yet…can Microsoft Flight Simulator provide training benefits to a pilot?

Question by Mildred’s people: The horse ain’t dead yet…can Microsoft Flight Simulator provide training benefits to a pilot?
A question like this was posted recently, and apparently it’s a hot debate topic. I’m asking pilots ONLY to respond to this question. If you’re not a pilot, PLEASE sit this one out. Apparently some of you non-pilots have claimed that MSFS is “encouraged by Microsoft for flight training” and that it is used “by some airlines to supplement actual training.” Both of these statements are completely false.

Also a bit of a blurred line is this claim: “there is NO other software that can train you for a real pilot’s licence!” B.S. What do you think Elite software, a PCATD, or programs such as ASA’s On Top are used for? With the former you can legally log instrument time. Of course you need all the hardware to go with it, but the software program runs on a PC or server. With the later….you can’t log time, but it is a popular program that pilots (including myself) have used to practice instrument skills with.

So let’s consider MSFS for the moment. There are really two parts to the program. There’s the aircraft, and then there’s the “world”. The aircraft, as most pilots who have played with it by now know…are a joke. The “world” is more or less accurate, except that navaids, fixes, and frequencies in the real world get updated and changed whereas in MSFS they do not.

So I’m asking pilots here to consider ONE aspect of training…and that is instrument skills. If you’re approaching XYZ VORTAC and want to set up a holding pattern on a particular radial, why isn’t a good airplane model (not provided by MS) with fully functioning nav radios and VORs good to practice with? You’re still going to have to visualize the holding side and radial, you’re going to have to tune the radios and slow the aircraft, you’re going to have to compute your entry method and reciprocal courses, etc. Same with an approach. Why can’t you practice an ILS if your “aircraft” has all the equipment? Granted, you might not intercept the gs or localizer signals at the exact places and altitude as you would in the real world. Maybe the marker beacons aren’t placed or received exactly as they are in the RW. So I’m not suggesting you fire up your sim…shoot a tricky approach into say Juneau, call ‘er good and then go try it in a real airplane if you’ve never flown instruments before. But I am saying that for students learning instrument skills, I think MSFS with good aircraft certainly can’t hurt. And if you disagree, then why would pilots buy the software, and why would we use other training software currently on the market?
Pilsner: You’re the kind of smart alec I was asking to refrain from posting. I was hoping to have an intelligent conversation amongst educated, mature pilots. But I forgot this was YA….what the heck was I thinking? 😛
Skipper: lol….well, playing electronic chess can certainly improve your game. Now you appear to be a real pilot. So I’ll ask you to comment on my last paragraph here, regarding the holds and approaches. I think I’ll post this on Pprune and APC forums and see what answers I get.

“Computer games”? Because you get the set of “flight enthusiasts” who wouldn’t know what the terms VORTAC, glide slope, and visual descent points mean. You were a 747 sim instructor? So tell me why PC-based software can’t help out an instrument student?

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Answer by Pilsner Man
I thought I was sadistic, necrophiliac bestiality kind of guy, but then I realized I was just beating a dead horse. Please go away with the games.

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What is causing the dead spot on the train track?

Question by Blue: What is causing the dead spot on the train track?
I have a g scale train that is 16 years old and it has some dead spot in the track it a new engine and the power supply is good the track it all connected and in the couplings but it goes super slow speeds up or stop any one know what up?

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Answer by railbuff
The only reason your train stops is because the electricity stopped.
The culprit is usually dirt – somewhere. The other possibility is a short – does the grade change at that point? Rail joiners are not reliable conductors of electricity – soldering a wire joining two pieces of track (electrically) can sometimes solve these problems.
The best way to investigate track problems is to use a continuity tester – a battery, wire and light will do. The light should burn brightly when two adjoining pieces of rail are tested. Don’t forget to test each rail at each joint.
electrical problems are the most frustrating in my book.

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