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September 2015 Archives

Certain industries experience higher occupational death rates

We have the technology to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur on the job. That's something that nearly everyone tends to agree upon. Where the divide seems to widen is when there are questions about responsibility and accountability when accidents happen.

NIOSH study on improving oil field safety will include Texas

The latest boom in the oil fields of the United States, and the increase in worker injuries and deaths that has occurred as a result, are sparking new interest among federal safety officials. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has announced plans to conduct a broad survey next year to try to more clearly determine what's causing the problems.

Is there a safer way to ship petro products? - Part 2

Demand for oil is rather low right now. The price per barrel is below $50 and that is translating into some job cutbacks in Texas fields and elsewhere. Whether that will translate into fewer work-related accidents and injuries is something we may be able to hope for.

Is there a safer way to ship petro products? - Part 1

Typically when the word "boom" is used in connection with the oil industry in Texas and Louisiana it is a positive thing. It means that business is good. Unfortunately, petrochemicals by their nature have way of going boom that may result in serious or deadly injury to industrial workers.

La Porte fatal chemical release getting more regulator focus

It's closing in on the one-year anniversary of the deadly chemical leak that claimed the lives of workers at the DuPont plant in La Porte, Texas. Four people died in that incident, asphyxiating on toxic methyl mercaptan.

Who might be the focus of a third-party liability claim?

Workers on construction sites or in industrial settings in Texas and Louisiana face a lot of hazards. Typically the threats don't come from just one source. There are many factors that deserve to be explored when a worker is injured on the job.

Rig type can influence compensation for offshore drilling injury

Man's ingenuity and technical ability make it possible to extract resources from the earth in places that might seem unreachable. Hydraulic fracturing has expanded the supplies of various petroleum products on land. Offshore, a variety of rigs are employed to pull oil from the depths.

Tianjin a reminder that ignoring laws can mean disaster

Two years ago, a catastrophic explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, rocked the community and left 15 people dead. Most of those who died were volunteer firefighters and investigations in the wake of the tragedy determined that they were victims of what many might describe as government and company negligence.

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