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June 2013 Archives

Houston company fined after workers lose fingers on the job

A Houston manufacturing company has been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after two workers were seriously injured on the job. The workers had their fingers amputated in hydraulic presses at Piping Technology & Products, which OSHA stated were not properly guarded.

Construction accident at Texas A&M leaves four injured

A construction accident at the Texas A&M University equestrian center left four workers injured over the weekend. Three of the workers are said to have suffered critical injuries when a barn frame collapsed down on them. The construction was part of an $80 million project at the school's equestrian complex, which is about a mile off the main campus in College Station, Texas.

Texas oil worker killed as rig collapses

Whether on land or sea, oil workers are exposed to a multitude of dangers every day they go to work. Certain jobs carry risks, but there are steps that can be taken by employers to ensure that workers are as safe as possible.  In the wake of a recent oilfield accident in west Texas, many are probably wondering: Was enough done to prevent the fatal incident?

Texas sawmill fined by OSHA after workplace death

When fatal accidents occur at a workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is often called to the scene to investigate for safety hazards that may have contributed to the accident and continue to be putting workers in danger. If safety hazards are found, the employer often faces serious fines.

2 dead following LA chemical plant explosion

On Thursday, we reported that several workers were injured following a checmical plant explosion southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Over the weekend, we learned that two of the workers had died as a result of their injuries. The explosion and fire occured at the Williams Olefins plant on LA 3115 sometime around 8:30 a.m. Two workers are still recieving treatment for their burn injuries at a local hosptial.

Several injured in chemical plant explosion near Baton Rouge

Fires and explosions are far too common at chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana. It seems like each week there is another devastating explosion to report. Today, Houston news agencies are reporting that several workers were injured when an explosion and fire occurred early this morning at a chemical plant southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Interior Department announces new deepwater drilling Institute

The Interior Department is finally making offshore drilling safety a top priority with its plans to create an "Ocean Energy Safety Institute." The Institute was one of several safety initiatives launched  after the devastating and deadly 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The plan is to impose more regulations on the offshore drilling industry, which has gone largely under-regulated for decades.

Texas construction fatalities dropped between 2008 and 2011

According to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of America, construction fatality and injury rates in Texas are declining at a rate faster than other states as a result of the safety efforts being made by contractors. The report was based on safety data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

OSHA investigating fatal Texas construction accident

Last week, another Texas construction worker lost his life in an on-the-job accident. The workplace death occured at a construction site in College Station, Texas, on Wednesday. According to reports, the 49-year-old man was working in a 30- to 40-foot hole when two shoring panels weighing 1,500 pounds each fell on top of him.

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