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January 2016 Archives

Amid oil industry declines, some field jobs remain in demand

Every day there are new headlines announcing job cuts in the oil industry. Oil prices have taken a nosedive off a cliff and the effects are being felt in many different ways. Companies report big drops in production. Rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are going offline faster than desktop computers and workers from Texas to North Dakota are losing jobs.

Safe commercial diving takes a massive team effort

The world under the sea is a world apart. Few people have experienced it. Fewer still make it their life's work. Those in Texas and Louisiana who do are often considered a breed apart from the rest of us but the fact is that they are only flesh, bone and blood.

Worker death under investigation in Midland blast

State and local authorities are on the job investigating the death early this month of a 23-year-old worker at a West Texas oil and gas operation. According to various news reports on the disaster, the man was mixing chemicals in a building in Midland, Texas, owned by Water Rescue Services.

Exxon faulted for plant blast that injured four workers

It's a story that seems to be repeated over and over. Federal investigators are reporting that a refinery blast last year that left four workers injured could have been prevented if the oil company they were working for had paid more attention to safety. The company in the crosshairs is Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp.

The four commandments for injured workers

Workers are injured all of the time in Texas, whether it's in pipeline accidents, industrial accidents, construction accidents or mishaps in other lines of work. Unfortunately, workers are not always fairly compensated for the injuries and relating losses that they sustain.

Family still struggling a year after welding fatality

Last week, we discussed how dangerous welding can be. Sometimes it is difficult to fully appreciate the magnitude of the danger with mere statistics. However, true stories of workers and families who have suffered can help us understand and sympathize.

Why should I hire an attorney after a truck accident?

A crash with a semi-trailer truck is not the same as an average motor vehicle accident. If nothing else, the sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler means that there's a much greater chance that anyone in the other vehicle or vehicles will wind up suffering serious or catastrophic injuries.

When welding jobs lead to serious injuries or death

Welding, cutting, and brazing can be very dangerous jobs and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that over a working lifetime, the occupations carry a risk of fatal injuries that is more than four deaths per thousand workers. While there are safety regulations in place that should keep these workers out of harm’s way, accidents are far too common.

What happens when bystanders are injured at construction sites?

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, not just for the workers but for everyone in the vicinity, including bystanders and passersby. If you or someone you love was injured at or near a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses from the property owner, construction company or another party.

Motorist safety trumped truck industry desires in FAST Act

The new year brings with it many changes, including in some laws. One of the things it will not be bringing is an influx of 18-year-old interstate truck drivers. Readers of this blog may recall that we dove into this issue a little bit back in July.

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