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December 2010 Archives

Work-Related Injuries Fall in Texas for Third Straight Year

Working continues to become a little safer in Texas. Workers can rest a little easier knowing that the number of workplace injuries in Texas has dropped again over the last year, representing a three-year decrease. These statistics are a positive indicator that employers are increasingly making the safety of their employees a priority.

New Pipeline Safety Guidelines Released by DOT

In order to promote safety in areas surrounding transmission pipelines, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released some new pipeline safety guidelines. The hope is that local governments, communities and developers will utilize the guidelines to ensure safety in communities near transmission pipelines, thus reducing the risk of pipeline injuries in populated areas.

U.S. Considers Banning Cell Phone Use for Truck Drivers

Last week, the Department of Transportation announced a proposed plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving for commercial truck and bus drivers. Some truck drivers are required to use their cell phones while driving as part of their duties, increasing the likelihood that a trucking accident could occur.

Discrepancies Found in PG&E's San Bruno Records

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) might have something to hide when it comes to the San Bruno explosion that occurred earlier this year. PG&E's records said the pipe that ruptured in the incident was constructed with seamless steel. However, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced yesterday that it has uncovered some discrepancies in the company's records relevant to the tragic pipeline accident.

Father of Deepwater Horizon Victim Fights to Change Maritime Law

The father of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon blast earlier this year is looking for answers in his son's death. He is appalled by the way archaic maritime laws protect the oil industry instead of providing compensation for families torn apart by maritime injuries and death.

Pipeline Ruptures Near Houston

A natural gas pipeline ruptured about 50 miles west of Houston earlier this week. The pipeline, which is owned by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., ruptured on Wednesday afternoon in East Bernard, Texas. No pipeline injuries were reported.

Employee In Work-Related Crash Entitled to Workers' Compensation

The Texas Supreme Court recently held that a traveling saleswoman was entitled to workers' compensation payments after she was injured while driving her company car. American Protection Insurance Co. argued that the woman should not receive workers' compensation because she was driving to an office that was also her home.

Houston Truck Accident Results in Significant Traffic Backup

A truck accident involving an 18-wheeler truck that lost control and spilled diesel fuel over several lanes of traffic occurred this week. The truck accident happened on Highway 59 North near Weslayan and resulted in several roads being shut down during the evening rush hour in order to clean the diesel spill.

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