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September 2014 Archives

Construction worker dies in 3-story fall

An accident that took place on Thursday, Sept. 18, left one person dead and will leave a Tyler, Texas, work site closed down for an undetermined amount of time. Witnesses to the construction accident described the incident as "terrible" as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began their investigation.

Workplace safety standards protect federal employees

Federal employees in Texas have occupational rights allowing them to file for workers' compensation benefits when injured on the job. Federal employers are required to provide and maintain approved safety equipment to protect employees from workplace injuries. Employers should conduct inspections on a regular basis and address hazardous conditions in a timely manner, and employees should also be notified after being exposed to hazards.

Texas construction worker suffers life-threatening injuries

The driver of an asphalt roller ran over a fellow employee on Sept. 4 at a construction site in Amarillo. Under a private contractor, road construction work was underway when the incident took place. A construction worker on foot was raking asphalt near an asphalt roller. At the same time, another employee engaged the machine to continue razing the asphalt and evening out the road.

Texas workers at higher risk than those in other states

Workers in Texas face a greater risk of death than workers in any other state, according to a special report published by the Dallas Morning News. The report stated that there is a 12 percent higher likelihood that a worker in Texas will die in a job accident than that worker would face doing the same job in another state. One reason that Texas workers are more at risk of death may be because Texas treats more workers as independent contractors.

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