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February 2015 Archives

Preventing fatal hydrogen sulfide exposure

Workers in Texas oil fields are at a serious risk of being exposed to unsafe levels of hydrogen sulfide, also referred to as H2S. Exposure to this hazardous gas on the job resulted in the deaths of 64 workers between 2003 and 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Serious injuries and fatalities at work

Injuries and fatalities at work affect Texas employers every year. One thing that many people are curious about is why fatalities and injuries are on the increase, even though reported accidents are down. The greatest reduction in serious workplace accident cases comes when people identify certain precursors.

Employee crushed by trailer

An employee in Texas was killed while attending to a work vehicle on Feb. 3. The incident occurred at around 11:40 a.m. nearby Hill County Road 3267. The 50-year-old employee was working on a vehicle outside the facility of an energy services company when he was crushed by a trailer. Police say he was working on the commercial vehicle's braking system when a safety device failed and allowed the trailer to roll back and crush the worker.

Can employees who work from home receive workers compensation?

Individuals in Texas who work at home may be eligible to file for workers' compensation if they are injured in the course of doing their jobs. While employers have less control over the home office environment, experts have pointed out that workers are most likely to be in an accident during their commute. As a result, working at home is safer. Furthermore, workers who observe safety standards in the workplace are likely to observe similar standards at home.

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