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Texas Fatal Industrial Accident

by on on 02/14/2012

Industrial accidents can be extremely common.  Many government agencies, both state and federal, regulate the behavior of companies owning and operating industrial facilities in an effort to protect workers.  Unfortunately catastrophic and even fatal accidents happen all too often. Saturday night, February 11, 2012, a 26 year-old industrial worker passed away after being injured at the New Jersey-based Dallas Group of America Inc.’s Port of Texas City facility.  The worker was...
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Third Party Workers Compensation Liability

by on on 02/21/2012

Stephen Cutchall of Texas was only 20 years old when he was tragically killed this past Friday at work.  In the very early weeks of 2012, the number of Texas workplace fatalities seems to be growing every week. Job-related deaths can often be prevented if appropriate safety measures are undertaken to ensure workers are protected. Jackson Pipe and Steel employed Cutchall at the time of his jobsite accident. The company’s website indicates that it is the largest distributor of pipe...
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Crane Owner Cleared of All Charges in Fatal Collapse

by on on 05/07/2012

It is a verdict that is extremely disappointing to Texas construction accident lawyers and construction safety groups across the country.  The owner of a crane company that was involved in a fatal accident in New York four years ago has been found not guilty of all charges in connection with the collapse. James Lomma and the companies that he owns were found not guilty of all the charges against them.  One of those charges was second-degree manslaughter.  The collapse occurred...
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Gaps in Policy Place Cell Phone Tower Workers at Risk of Work Injuries

by on on 06/22/2012

  They are some of the most neglected workers in America, dying at a rate that is much higher than the fatality rate in the construction industry.  Tower climbers, or workers hired to build and maintain cell phone network, television, and radio towers, are some of the most at-risk group of workers in the United States.  According to a report by ProPublica, tower climbing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, and has been so since 2003, when another stage...
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Two Construction Workers Killed in Dallas Crane Accident

by on on 07/20/2012

Two construction workers have been reported dead in a crane collapse accident that occurred on the campus of the University Of Texas at Dallas recently.  The University Of Texas at Dallas has released a statement which confirms that the accident occurred when the crane was being dismantled.  The crane collapsed while it was being dismantled, killing two workers.  According to witnesses, they were alerted to the accident by loud screaming, which was accompanied by a metallic...
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Department Of Labor Cites BP Refinery for Workplace Violations

by on on 09/21/2012

BP’s lackluster safety record is under the microscope again as a Washington labor agency cites the company for several safety violations.  The Washington Department Of Labor and Industries has issued a citation to the BP Cherry Point petroleum refinery for several safety violations. The citations are related to a fire that occurred at the BP Cherry Point Petroleum Refinery in Blaine, Washington in February.  The fire began after a corroded deadleg pipe exploded.  The fire quickly...
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Training, Communication Helps Prevent Pedestrian-Forklift Accidents

by on on 09/28/2012

Thousands of pedestrian workers in Texas every year are injured or killed in accidents that involve forklifts.  These accidents are entirely preventable, and a combination of training of pedestrian workers/forklift operators and stronger communication between workers and operators, can help reduce accident risks. There are a number of ways that pedestrian workers can be injured in forklift accidents.  A pedestrian worker can be run over by a forklift, suffering devastating...
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Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports Drop in Worker Fatalities in 2011

by on on 10/05/2012

Preliminary data by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has some very encouraging news for workers as well as San Antonio workplace injury lawyers.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the number of workers fatally injured in 2011 was lower than the number of fatalities in 2010. In all, there were 4,609 work-related fatalities in 2011, which was a drop from 4,690 fatalities in 2010.  That is a significant drop, and the Bureau...
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OSHA Helps Reduce Workplace Injuries, Fatalities

by on on 11/05/2012

No one would deny that there have been vast improvements made in improving workplace safety across the country over the past decades, especially since the inception of OSHA in 1970.  Since Its establishment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has presided over a dramatic drop in workplace injuries and fatalities.  Back in 1970, approximately 14,000 workers died in workplace-related accidents.  Flash forward to 4 decades later, and an average of 4,000 workplace...
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Insomnia, Major Factor in Workplace Errors, Injuries

by on on 11/01/2012

According to a new study, workers who find it hard to sleep at night, and arrive to work in a fatigued condition, may be at a much higher risk of workplace errors, and consequently accidents.  According to the study, as many as 274,000 workplace accidents and errors every year can be linked directly to insomnia. The study was based on surveys of more than 10,000 people, and found that 5.5% of people, who suffer from insomnia, end up causing accidents or making workplace...
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Fall Protection Most Cited OSHA Violation in 2012

by on on 11/07/2012

Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases its list of top 10 most cited violations, and every year, there are few surprises on the list for San Antonio work injury lawyers.  Fall protection tends to feature the top of the list almost every year, and 2012 was no different.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, during the fiscal year 2012, fall protection was the most frequently cited violation across the country. In fact, 2012...
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Sectors with Limited OSHA Jurisdiction Have Higher Workplace Injury Rates

by on on 12/10/2012

Sectors like manufacturing and construction that have higher jurisdiction by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have much stronger decreases in workplace injuries and fatalities, compared to those sectors that do not have such high jurisdiction. Those are the results of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which found that industries that have stronger enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration do enjoy a safer work environment.  In...
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Musculoskeletal Conditions Contribute Heavily to Disability

by on on 12/26/2012

Workers in jobs that require continuous and monotonous operations may suffer from a specific category of injuries called repetitive stress injuries.  These injuries can cause musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, chronic arthritis and other conditions that increase the risk of disability.  According to a new study, musculoskeletal conditions are the second greatest cause of disability across the world. The study was published recently in The Lancet journal, and found that back...
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New Tool to Help Protect Workers from Cadmium-Poisoning Risks

by on on 01/10/2013

Hundreds of thousands of workers in the manufacturing industries are at risk from cadmium-related poisoning hazards every year.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new tool that is aimed at helping employers comply with federal cadmium standards. The interactive online tool is expected to help employers comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's cadmium safety standards.  The tool is called the Cadmium Biological Monitoring...
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Report Suggests More Workplace Accidents for Contingent Workers

by on on 01/19/2013

According to a new report, contingent or nonpermanent workers in the United States are at a higher and increasing risk for workplace injuries.  The report suggests that more workplace safety strategies be implemented in order to protect these workers. The report was published by the Center for Progressive Reform, and the findings of the report are very similar to a report earlier published by the Center for Public Integrity.  That Center for Public Integrity report outlined the...
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Improving Safety for Contract Workers

by on on 02/01/2013

Earlier this month, the Houston work injury lawyers at our firm blogged about the increasing safety concerns involving temporary or contract workers.  The number of such workers has increased recently, as more companies have chosen to add on temp workers to their force to avoid workers compensation and health insurance expenses. These workers are at a high risk of suffering severe or fatal injuries because they're often assigned to more dangerous jobs, and lack access to training...
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Texas is Home to Deadliest American Workplaces

by on on 02/15/2013

A worker in Midland, Texas works in one of the deadliest environments in the United States, with a fatality rate of 85.53 worker deaths per 1 million population.  In fact, Texas is home to 2 of the deadliest cities for American workers.  Apart from Midland, the Beaumont-Port Arthur region is also one of most dangerous workplaces for American workers.  Here, the fatality rate is approximately 35.85 fatalities per 1 million people. According to this infographic, Texas cities do not...
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Chevron Hit with Record Fine in Refinery Explosion, Fire

by on on 02/21/2013

Chevron Corp. will pay a fine of close to $1 million after California city officials ordered that the oil giant pay the penalty for violations that contributed to a fire at its refinery in California. The fire broke out at the Chevron refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area on August 6 of last year.  There was an explosion in the refinery, after which the company quickly advised residents of the area that they should stay indoors, and avoid breathing potentially toxic fumes released...
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Workplace Fall Hazards injure Hundreds of Workers Every Year

by on on 02/25/2013

Every year, hundreds of Texas workers are injured in accidents caused when they slip and fall in the workplace, or fall through a roof opening, an opening in a wall and other dangerous hazards on a worksite.  Recently, a Texas contractor suffered fatal injuries when he fell through an opening in the roof.  The 19-year-old man was performing a pressure wash of a roof in Galveston, when he stepped on a panel which gave way.  He fell approximately 60 feet, and suffered serious...
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Low-Wage Workers Suffer Terrible Impact from Injury

by on on 03/01/2013

With the employment situation still dire, more and more Americans are finding themselves in low-wage occupations, and such workers currently account for between 1/5th and one third of the American workforce.  According to a new study, when such workers suffer injuries, the economic impact of the injuries can be traumatic. The study is titled Mom’s off Workers Cause She Got Hurt, and is contained in a policy brief by the George Washington University School of Public Health and...
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Exhaustion Increases Worker Fatigue Levels, Safety Risks

by on on 03/05/2013

New research finds that far too many American workers are reporting to work in a sleepy, tired or fatigued condition.  Workers need to get enough sleep to function at their best, and Houston workplace injury lawyers are concerned that those levels of fatigue increases the risk of being involved in an accident. The research was conducted by Harvard Medical School, and found that as many as one-third of workers are simply not getting enough sleep at night.  According to the Centers...
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Workplace Eye Injuries Are Preventable

by on on 03/21/2013

Every day, more than 2,000 workers sustain eye-related injuries in the American workplace.  Unfortunately, these injuries do not garner as much attention as fall-related injuries or toxic exposure.  These injuries, however, are no less debilitating.  According to Prevent Blindness America, at least 10% of the 2000 eye injuries every year in the United States will be disabling, and may result in temporary or permanent blindness. The month of March is being dedicated as Workplace...
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More Worker Fatalities in Oil and Gas Industry

by on on 03/26/2013

The fatality toll in the oil and gas industry continues to mount.  Two workers were recently killed in accidents in this sector. One worker was killed in an oilfield accident in Stephens County.  The worker died when he suffered serious injuries during an accident while servicing a pump jack unit.  The accident occurred just south of Breckinridge, and only came to light when other employees at the oilfield were alerted to the missing worker.  Emergency personnel responded to the...
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Female Workers on Night Shifts Have Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

by on on 03/24/2013

Female workers who work night shifts may have a heightened exposure to the risk of advanced stage ovarian cancer.  According to new research, ovarian cancer risks may be much higher for night owls, or night types, than morning larks, or morning type workers. The research was based on more than 1,100 women between the age of 35 and 74, who had suffered adverse ovarian cancer, including 390 women who have suffered a borderline version of the disease.  The women worked in various...
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Federal Work-Related Amputation Statistics May Be Misleading

by on on 03/28/2013

What we know about the number of work-related amputation injuries that take place in the American workplace every year, may just be the tip of the iceberg.  According to an essay that was recently published in the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention blog by a professor from the Division of Occupational and Environmental  Medicine at Michigan State University, his department's analysis of amputation injuries present an entirely different picture, and come up with more numbers...
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Daylight Saving Time Change Could Impact Workplace Safety

by on on 03/30/2013

On March 13, millions of people in Texas and across the United States set their alarm clocks forward one hour, as part of the daylight saving time change that went into effect at 2 AM on that day.  This is a yearly ritual that people in Texas are familiar with, but work injury lawyers, are aware that such a change could mean that workers are getting one hour less sleep, and could therefore be reporting to work in a tired condition.  That automatically translates into a much higher...
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Violation of Safety Rules Leads to More Grain Bin Worker Suffocations

by on on 04/15/2013

Grain storage activity across the country has skyrocketed, necessitating the hiring of additional workers to maintain these bins.  Unfortunately, many employers across the country are openly flouting safety rules, leading to a number of grain bin suffocation deaths being reported from around the country. The Center for Public Integrity is reporting on a number of recent worker deaths that involve teenage workers who were suffocated or buried alive in a grain bin in Illinois.  The...
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Injury Risks to Poultry Workers Expected to Increase

by on on 04/17/2013

Across the country, workers in poultry processing plants are exposed to a high risk of injuries, mainly because they are forced to work at high speeds at processing lines.  According to some reports as many as 59% of poultry workers develop dangerous injuries like repetitive stress injuries, because of the high-speed work.  The risk to such workers is likely increase because the Department Of Agriculture is all set to implement new rules that would allow poultry factories to speed...
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West Fertilizer Plant Explosion Injures Over 160 Texans

by on on 04/18/2013

The West Fertilizer Plant in the small Texas town of West, Texas exploded yesterday, damaging buildings, injuring workers and local residents, and sadly killing first responders and others caught in its wake.  West, Texas is a small community located just north of Waco, Texas. The magnitude of the explosion was so severe, that it required the entire town of 2,800 residents to be evacuated. The explosion registered as a 2.1 magnitude quake according the USGS.  According to ABC...
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West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Death Toll Rising

by on on 04/19/2013

As of midday today, officials let the media know that 12 bodies have been recovered from the fertilizer plant explosion site in West, Texas. An additional 60 people remain unaccounted for at this time. As fellow Texans, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of West, and we hope that many more of the missing are found alive and safe. So far, over 200 people have been injured by the blast, and at least 50 homes have been destroyed. The overall number of casualties remains...
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Workplace Injuries: Oil and Gas

by on on 01/10/2014

According to reports, fatalities in the oil and gas industry are the highest they have been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics began keeping track in 1992. National Public Radio came out with an interesting report on how workplace deaths have further increased with the hiring spree in the oil patch to keep up with the boom in unconventional oil and gas drilling. Oil and Gas Boom: South Texas and Beyond South Texas remains in the middle of an oil boom. While the economic...
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Federal Investigation Finds Lax Oversight a Factor in Deadly Texas Plant Explosion

by on on 04/22/2014

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released the preliminary findings of its investigation at a news conference this week, just a few days after the anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion. Federal investigators determined that a lack of oversight and regulations at the local, state, and federal levels contributed to the deadly fertilizer plant explosion that devastated a rural Texas town last year. The plant explosion was one of the worst industrial accidents in Texas...
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Half Million Texas Workers Not Covered by Workplace Insurance

by on on 04/24/2014

At least a half-million Texas workers have no occupational insurance coverage, either from workers' compensation or from a private equivalent, Texas Department of Insurance officials said Tuesday.  Texas is the only state in the country where the decision to carry workers' compensation insurance or a private equivalent is voluntary for companies of any size. All other states mandate occupational insurance coverage. Workers’ Compensation and Non-Subscribers In Texas, if an...
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