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August 2013 Archives

Wal-Mart agrees to improve worker safety at 2,800 stores

Wal-Mart has agreed to improve safety conditions at more than 2,800 stores nationwide and will pay a fine of $190,000 for putting workers in danger. The agreement was reached with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an inspection found safety violations involving workers who use cleaning chemicals and trash compactors.

OSHA requirements that apply to most general industry employers

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is the federal agency that oversees workplace safety in the United States. In doing so, OSHA has imposed many safety requirements that apply to workplaces of all types.

Oil and gas execs meet with feds on drilling safety

Officials from the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling met with Houston oil and gas executives late last month to discuss the recent accidents that have occured off the coast of Texas and Louisiana. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage better communication between the feds and company heads, not to impose stricter enforcement measures.

Harris County worker killed in accident at chemical plant

Chemical plants are some of the most dangerous places to work. All too often, workers are injured or killed after being exposed to toxic substances, being involved in a fire or explosion or falling victim to another type of accident at chemical plants. When this happens, employers are often to blame for lapses in safety protocol.

Drilling regulators change approach after latest blowout

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the drilling rig accident off the coast of Louisiana that luckily didn't leave any of the 44 workers on board injured. The natural gas rig went up in flames after a gas leak ignited. According to reports, the gas leak stopped on its own the following day when sediment clogged the well.

State reluctant to tally injuries following chemical plant blast

Even though it has been more than three months since the tragic West, Texas, fertilizer plant blast, the Texas Department of State Health Services still doesn't know how many people were injured in the explosion. While it is known that 15 people were killed in the blast, other state and federal officials say a report on the injuries sustained is also needed.

August is busiest month for workers' comp claims in Texas

Believe it or not, August is here. According to data from Travelers, August is the most dangerous money for workplace injuries and accidents. The insurance company says for the past two years, workers in Texas filed more workers' compensation claims in August than any other month.

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