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July 2014 Archives

Injured worker rescued after fall in crane tower in Houston

Viewers in Houston may have seen news coverage of a recent construction site accident on Post Oak Blvd. A shift change was reportedly underway when a high-rise crane operator slipped and fell. At the time, the man was on his way down a 200-foot crane tower, and he suffered injuries to his neck and back after falling 10 feet and landing on a platform.

Do you know your legal options after a work injury in Texas?

Something to be aware of if you work in Texas: the Lone Star State is the only state without a requirement that private employers have workers' compensation insurance.

Update: Oil leaks at TX site inspected 3 times before explosion

A new report about a recent oil tank explosion in Robertson County reveals that the Texas Railroad Commission had inspected oil leaks at the site in the months prior to the explosion. In our previous post -- "Oil sludge still in tank that exploded, Texas worker injured" -- we discussed the accident, which left a young man with critical injuries.

Oil sludge still in tank that exploded, Texas worker injured

A young man in Robertson County recently suffered critical injuries when a storage tank exploded at an abandoned oil well near Franklin. The 25-year-old was flown to a Houston hospital for treatment. He was reportedly using a torch to remove a catwalk from the 12,000-gallon tank when the explosion occurred.

Tracy Morgan cleared for home rehab 1 month after truck accident

A month after the semi-truck accident that seriously injured Tracy Morgan, the actor has been cleared to go home to continue his rehabilitation. In one of our previous posts, we discussed how the crash raised questions about the safety of truck drivers' hours of service regulations.

Texas' workplace safety hotline 24 hours after voicemail glitch

Workers in Texas are supposed to be able to call a toll-free number to report unsafe working conditions. The Legislature passed a law more than 20 years ago to create the hotline, which employers are required to inform their employees about at the job site.

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