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April 2015 Archives

Seaman files claim against employer after accident

A seaman filed a lawsuit against a Texas company, as he claims that the company's negligence led to his injuries. The lawsuit was filed in the Galveston Division of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on April 17.

Information on worksite trench collapses

In an effort to protect workers from unnecessary risks, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released safety recommendations and information regarding trench collapses and cave-ins. This information might be a valuable tool for Texas workers and employers who are in the excavation and construction industries.

Oil refinery fatal accidents and Texas workers

Many Texas residents are employed in the oil industry, some of whom work at one of the state's several oil refineries. The jobs are relatively high-paying, drawing numerous workers who risk serious injury in their jobs. Because those in this occupation necessarily work around explosive and hazardous materials as well as around heavy machinery, these workplaces are particularly dangerous by the nature of the work required.

Employer safety responsibilities in Texas

Based on regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers have a variety of responsibilities related to ensuring that workplaces are safe for their employers. These include ensuring that employees are provided with appropriate and safe tools to complete their work as well as being trained on safe ways to use the tools and avoid hazards.

Lobby group using Texas as model to gut workers' comp nationwide

Walmart, Nordstrom, Safeway and Kohl's are among nearly two dozen major corporations that are quietly bankrolling a lobbying effort to make it harder for employees to access workers' compensation benefits. The ultimate goal is to let private employers in all 50 states opt out of state-mandated worker's compensation, something which only Texas and Oklahoma currently allow.

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