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May 2014 Archives

Fall from platform kills worker at hotel construction site

Texas construction workers may have heard in the news of a recent loss among their own. A 35-year-old man from Brownsville died while working on an unfinished hotel in Harlingen at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24.

2 construction workers killed by alleged drunk driver in Texas

Around 2:30 a.m. on May 11, construction crews were building a new bridge in El Paso near the University of Texas at El Paso campus on Interstate 10 East when a motorist collided with the crew and fatal injured two workers. The new bridge is intended to be used for connecting Paisano and Schuster Drives with UTEP.

Report shows a rise in workplace deaths in many states

On-the-job safety is a concern for workers and employers alike, and while the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970 has reduced the number of work-related injuries and deaths in the country, efforts to make workplaces safer continue. The AFL-CIO's recent report on work-related injuries and fatalities ranked the states by job danger. Texas came in at 35 for 2012. The state deemed safest to work in by the organization is Massachusetts while the most dangerous state is North Dakota.

Serious injuries during circus performance prompt OSHA inquiry

Texas workers may be interested in a story concerning an accident at a circus that seriously injured several performers. The circumstances of the accident are currently under investigation.

Texas man faces benefit cuts after 2 decades

A Nederland man hired a lawyer to mount a challenge after an insurance company that paid benefits to him for more than 20 years due to a work-related accident suddenly decided that his injuries were not severe enough to merit those benefits. The man received a letter on Feb. 1 informing him that the condition that had required him to undergo surgery was actually no more than a back sprain, according to a new doctor's appraisal.

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