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March 2013 Archives

Commercial diving industry lacks regulation, putting divers at risk (1 of 2)

The oil industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Workers are often injured or killed by fires, explosion and defective equipment. When we think about workplace accidents in the oil industry, we often think about pipeline workers or rig operators.

Texas worker awarded $1.7M after ship slip-and-fall

Did you know that employers don't have to be 100 percent responsible for workplace accidents in order to face liability? In fact, the injured worker and the employer can share the blame for accidents that lead to injury and the worker can sometimes still recover damages.

Update in civil trial following BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Testimony in the civil trial against BP and its contractors following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is giving insight into what went wrong that fateful day in April 2010. Recently, a worker who survived the rig explosion that led to the worst offshore oil spill in history testified that he and others were busy when they missed signs that an explosion was imminent.

Feds begin citing offshore drilling contractors for safety violations

It appears that the feds are cracking down on offshore drilling contractors for the first time since the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This month, five offshore drilling contractors received safety violation notices from the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as part of a new approach to offshore drilling oversight.

Texas electrician sues following accident at plant

Following workplace accidents in Texas, injured workers may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits or compensation from a personal injury lawsuit depending on the circumstances of the case. If negligence on behalf of an employer or a third party was involved, injured workers have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit.

Employers must post illness/injury logs by April 30

Texas employers who are subject to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements have until the end of next month to post a summary of the workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2012.

Construction accident leaves Texas man seriously injured

Construction sites are full of hazards, which is why construction workers are so frequently injured on the job. Common accidents that occur at construction sites include falls from elevated heights, equipment injuries, crane accidents, electrocutions and trench collapses.

Oil and gas industries remain most dangerous in Texas

Last month, the Houston Chronicle featured a telling report on the most dangerous job industries in Texas: oil and gas. The article reported that while overall workplace fatalities have declined in the state in recent years, the same is not true for oil and gas workers.

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