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December 2014 Archives

Chemical leak blamed for Texas plant fatalities

On Dec. 19, authorities reported that a November incident at a Texas plant claiming the lives of four workers occurred after a leak burst in a pesticide processing unit without warning. The Nov. 15 event started at approximately 3:30 a.m., when the leak burst, ultimately exposing the four individuals to hazardous chemicals, reportedly.

Workplace accidents involving motor vehicles can be costly

Texas workers whose jobs include driving a motor vehicle or working near streets and highways may want to exercise more caution while on the job. Statistics show that more than one-third of the people who were killed while working died in accidents involving motor vehicles.

Texas is number 1 in construction worker deaths

The Workers Defense Project stated that 585 construction workers died in Texas from 2007 to 2011 while on the job. According to this figure, the number of deaths is almost twice the number of deaths that occurred in California during the same period.

2013 workplace illnesses and injuries top 3 million

Texas workers who are concerned about their health and safety in the work environment might be surprised at the numbers reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2013. Nonfatal instances of work-related injury and illness exceeded 3 million in private industry across the nation. This equates to approximately 3.3 instances per 100 full-time employees. Although this may seem like a high rate of workplace instances, this is actually consistent with an 11-year pattern of declining injuries and illnesses attributed to work activities.

Guidelines for workplace safety from NIOSH

Some retail workers in Texas may suffer from on-the-job injuries, but the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has released a new publication that suggests ways that retailers can better protect their workers. NIOSH also says that the guidelines can be adapted to other environments such as warehouses.

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