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June 2014 Archives

Construction company group says fatal accidents down 50% in Texas

A lobby group for general contractors says that the construction industry in Texas has gotten much safer than it was in 2004. The Associated General Contractors said that the number of fatal construction accidents has dropped 50 percent in the last decade.

What to do after a maritime accident

We hope that none of our readers ever get into an accident while at work in the Gulf of Mexico or other body of water. Of course, we cannot guarantee that every day at work will be safe. Workplace injuries happen at sea, whether due to pure accident, employer negligence or other reason.

Questions about truckers' hours surface after Morgan accident

As more details emerge about the collision between a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer and a limousine van carrying actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, it raises questions about the conditions that truck drivers routinely work under. Authorities say the truck driver, who is facing criminal charges in the deadly crash, had been on the job for about 13 1/2 hours straight, and had been awake for more than 24 hours.

Many oil workers are killed on Texas roadways

With more and more hydraulic fracking taking place, it may still surprise most people that a large number of deaths for oil workers comes on the road. One insurance underwriter stated: "It's where these guys travel, it's how they travel, it's the loads that they're hauling." He noted that many of the drivers are moving the oil or gas on private property or on unimproved roads, and much of the driving occurs at night. The work sites may be facing greatly increased activity as well.

Motorized cart pushes casino worker out of 3rd story window

When we talk about workers being killed in accidental falls, we usually think about victims who worked in construction or other fields that routinely involve working outside at a significant height over the ground. However, sometimes a Houston worker suffers a fall in a way he or she might never have imagined.

Man killed in work accident with garbage truck

In a few moments, a life can be taken in a workplace accident. The death takes a person away before his or her time. Each of us has many different relationships in our lives. We may be spouses, parents, children, siblings, co-workers, friends. Almost every fatal work accident causes sorrow for many people in the community where it takes place.

Report says that safety device failed in Deepwater Horizon blast

The latest report about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster contains a troubling warning about the future of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Its authors are warning that similar explosions could occur on other offshore oil rigs in the future.

Logging truck accident causes 2 worker deaths, 19 injuries

A semi truck accident that killed two people and injured 19 others, including the truck driver, appears to have been caused by a blown tire. This terrible tragedy is an example of the sort of dangers that truck drivers risk every time they head out on the road. In addition, the victims were workers on a road construction crew.

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