Workplace Accidents

An accident of a man worker at the construction site.

Injured at Work? Here’s What You Should Do Next

Regardless of where you work and what your job is, it’s usually possible to be injured at work. Workplace accidents do happen, and they are more common than most people realize. It’s crucial that workers and their loved ones are educated on their rights as well as what to do if injured in a workplace…

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Industrial fire

Third Oilfield Worker Dies from Chesapeake Energy Blast

A third oilfield worker has died after succumbing to injuries sustained while working at the Chesapeake Energy’s oilfield site northwest of Houston in the Eagle Ford Shale. The worker was among several involved in a second explosion at the jobsite within two weeks. Workers were attempting to upgrade a well when a surge of natural…

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Cement truck

History of Violations Precipitated Deadly Cement Truck Accident

In February, the Houston community was shocked to learn of the tragic death of two Houstonians when a cement truck driver lost control of the vehicle as it began spilling cement across the road. The wet cement caused the vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic, killing both drivers upon impact. An investigation of the accident…

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Oil Well Blowout

Texas Oil Well Blowout Kills One Worker and Injures Three More

On the afternoon of Wednesday, January 29th, a fatal Texas oil well blowout occurred at the Chesapeake Energy worksite off of County Road 127 near Deanville, Texas, about 75 miles east of Austin. Workover operations were underway at the time. While the cause of the blast is still unknown, the unexpected accident tragically killed an…

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Firefighters extinguishing an explosion

Fatal Explosion Kills Two Houston Workers

In the early hours of Friday, January 24th, an industrial workplace accident startled thousands of Houstonians from their sleep. Residents woke to a roaring explosion originating from Watson Grinding & Manufacturing in Northwest Houston. The explosion, which was caused by propylene gas, claimed the lives of two employees and injured several other workers. The explosion…

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Fishermen working on boat

Two Fishermen Missing, One Dead After Collision with Tanker

One fisherman has died and two others are missing after their 81-foot fishing vessel collided with a 600-foot chemical tanker off the coast of Galveston. The 81-foot fishing vessel Pappy’s Pride capsized after the crash, sending four of its crewmen overboard. Two crew members were rescued from the water; of those rescued, one fisherman was…

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Independent Medical Exam IME

Do I Have To See The Company Doctor For An IME?

After a worker is injured in an on-the-job accident, the first and most important thing to do is seek out and receive appropriate medical attention. In some cases, the insurance carrier, your employer, or another party involved in your occupational injury may request you visit an independent physician to evaluate your injuries in an examination…

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Back Pain at Work

How to Prevent Back Pain at Work

No matter the type of job you have, the majority of workers (even the most sedentary) are at risk for suffering back pain at work. In fact, the financial cost to businesses due to employee lower back pain is more than $100 billion per year, including missed work totaling 264 million lost days annually. Whether…

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Texas Workers

Texas Workers Are Dying on the Job at Alarming Rates

Texas workers are forced to trust their employers to provide them with a safe workplace. And it is the right of all workers to have a work environment free from dangers. Yet sadly, many employers do not follow applicable safety regulations, leaving their workers to pay the price. Many Texans work in dangerous occupations. Construction,…

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Drones

Could Drones Make Workplaces Safer?

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are better known as drones, and these airborne robots can perform tasks that could once only be accomplished by human labor and/or heavy-duty equipment. And, when OSHA decides to use drones to do its own safety inspections, one has to wonder if the devices can help with day-to-day business operations as…

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