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The darker side to Texas' oil and gas industry boom

The oil and gas industry is booming in Texas, which is good news for the economy but it comes at a high expense. As more workers are being hired for the grueling and dangerous jobs, more fatalities are resulting, experts say. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that 138 oil and gas workers were killed on the job last year in the United States, and nearly half of those deaths occurred in Texas.

Companies fined after worker dies in Texas heat

Everyone knows that working in Texas' summer heat can be extremely dangerous. That's why employers must take extra steps in order to keep workers safe.

Fatalities up in oil, gas and construction industries

Late last month, preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a substantial increase in fatal accidents within the oil and gas industry. The data showed that while workplace accidents overall fell to the second-lowest level of the past two decades, fatalities within the oil and gas industry hit a record high.

Fire injures five at Texas plastics plant

Late last week, a fire at a plastics plant in Point Comfort, Texas, left five workers injured. The fire broke out at Formosa Plastics around 10:20 a.m. Friday in a tower that was shut down for scheduled maintenance, according to the company's communications manager.

Workers burned on the job may have several options

Burn injuries are among the most catastrophic of injuries because of the amount of pain and recovery time that they often involve. Unfortunately, burn injuries are a common occurrence in pipeline, construction, refinery and industrial workplaces. In fact, according to the American Burn Association, 450,000 Americans received treatment for burn injuries in 2012 alone, and about 9 percent of these injuries occurred at the workplace.

Austin construction workers say they were mistreated on the job

The treatment of construction workers in Texas has been called into question after a group of construction workers who built off-campus dorms at the University of Texas at Austin alleged that they were forced to work under unsafe conditions and were denied pay.

Houston construction worker killed in high-rise fall

Construction is one of the most dangerous job industries in Texas and the rest of the United States. All too often, workers who are exposed to hazards at construction sites end up suffering serious injuries on the job. Worse yet, there are many fatal construction accidents that occur each year.

Chevron Corp. settles criminal suit following refinery fire

Each year, countless workers in Texas are seriously injured or even killed in refinery accidents. Oftentimes, refinery plant explosions and fires are the result of gross negligence on the part of the refinery operator. This appears to be the case in a refinery fire that occurred last summer in the San Francisco Bay area.

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