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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Working on an oilfield can be incredibly dangerous. In fact, the high number of accidents in the oil and gas industries makes Texas the 5 th most dangerous state in which to work. Just recently, an oilfield worker in Midland County was involved in an accident. According to officials, a crew was setting up a small rig between some power lines when one of the men touched the rig as it hit the power ...
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  • Drug Use Common Among West Texas Oil Field Workers

    || 25-Sep-2017

    One of the most prevalent problems in the oil field industry is drug use. Many truckers in the oil industry found ways to beat random drug tests, all the while consuming a cocktail of drugs to push themselves as much as possible on drives that could last 36 to 48 straight hours. Law enforcement officials report drug trafficking, drug abuse, and drug-related crimes have spiked in recent years. ...
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  • Protections for Remote Oil and Gas Workers

    || 11-Sep-2017

    Remote oil and gas workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Many are also heading back to oil production sites that were shuttered during the industry downturn earlier this year. These workers will be driving hundreds of miles weekly on back roads in rural areas to work on pipelines, compressor stations, and pump jacks, a fact of life for thousands of workers in these ...
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  • Study Links Pollution & Earthquakes to Oil & Gas Drilling

    || 28-Aug-2017

    A nonprofit science organization, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas, recently released a study showing oil and gas drilling in Texas can be linked to pollution and earthquakes. The study found drilling for oil and gas in shale rock not only pollutes the air, erodes, soil and contaminates water, but the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes. The ...
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  • Dangers of Oil Fields Increase When "Roughnecks" Work Solo

    || 14-Aug-2017

    Tragedy struck Midland County when an oil-field worker (roughneck) was found dead earlier this year. The worker was identified as Paul Stuart, who was working alone on a drilling rig. His body was found near County Roads 170 and 1110. One of the things that makes a roughneck’s job more dangerous is working alone. Mr. Stuart fell into a spool of cable and got tangled in the cords. He was only ...
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  • Injured on the Job? Here's What You Need to Know.

    || 31-Jul-2017

    Thousands of workers are injured every year on the job, despite their employers’ efforts to make the workplace a safe environment. Accidents constantly happen, whether as a result of bad luck, incompetence, or negligence on the part of a manager. If you were injured at work, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The first things to do after sustaining an accident at ...
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  • Texas & Louisiana Ranks High Among Deadliest States to Work

    || 17-Jul-2017

    Texas and Louisiana are some of the deadliest states to work in according to a new study. Both states rank high in injuries among oil and gas workers, according to nearly 20,000 injury reports filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to the study, Texas ranked 5 th on the list with its most dangerous industry being oil and gas support. Similarly, Louisiana ranked ...
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  • When Would I Need Social Security Disability?

    || 3-Jul-2017

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) is a federal insurance program funded by taxes collected from U.S. citizens. It’s managed by the Social Security Administration and is essential to provide income supplements to people who are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability. People usually apply for SSD if an injury at work prevented ...
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  • Truckers Often "Work for Free" Due to One-Sided Contracts, Investigation Says

    || 30-Jun-2017

    USA Today has completed an extensive investigation in the working conditions of the average commercial truck driver. Using salary data, working hours, and even sworn testimonies from labor dispute hearings, most of which originated from trucking companies in Southern California, the newsgroup came to a shocking conclusion: many truckers are working essentially for free. It is not that truckers ...
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  • Livestock Industries Hire Undocumented Immigrants to Dodge Responsibility

    || 20-Jun-2017

    A recent article published by ProPublica, an independent news and investigation group, has pulled back the curtain on livestock and meatpacking industries. According to the article, inhumane conditions were experienced at a Case Farms chicken plant in Canton, Ohio but mum was the word up until the report. Why had the poor working conditions been allowed to exist? It could be due to the fact that ...
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  • Oil Industry is Booming, but Workers Are Slow to Return

    || 16-Jun-2017

    The oil industry is back on the rise after a severe price drop in 2014. The drop lead to widespread layoffs as companies struggled to handle the reduced price of oil. Now, the industry is growing again, but not enough workers are returning to oil companies. It’s been a slow process for oil companies looking to hire on experienced workers. Many workers moved to other places after the ...
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  • Flash Fires: What Oil & Gas Workers Need to Know

    || 13-Jun-2017

    Flash fires are sudden, intense fires which are caused by the ignition of flammable substances in the air, such as gas or combustible particles. These fires rarely last more than a few seconds, but flash fires still can have devastating effects. Unlike fueled fires, which will burn longer, flash fires burn threw their fuel source in a matter of seconds. Because of this, different precautions need ...
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  • A Chicken Plant & Its Exploitation of the U.S. Immigrant System

    || 9-May-2017

    Case Farms: A Dangerous Workplace You may not be familiar with Case Farms; however, you’ve more than likely eaten its chicken. Each year, the company produces almost a billion pounds for customers, including KFC, Taco Bell, and Popeyes. The United States government has purchased nearly $17 million worth of Case Farms chicken mostly for the federal school-lunch program. Unfortunately, Case ...
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  • Texas Leads in Oil field Worker Fatalities

    || 24-Apr-2017

    There is no denying that oil fields are known to be one of the most dangerous places to work. With the recent oil boom in Texas and throughout the country, the number of oil field accidents has increased drastically. From 2008 to 2012, the total number of fatalities reported from the oil fields throughout the U.S. was 545, based on a report by the Houston Chronicle. Out of those deaths, 216 ...
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  • Fatigue a Contributing Cause of Oil Field Accidents

    || 17-Apr-2017

    When a work accident occurs in the oilfield industry, companies are determined to find the exact cause to prevent future incidents. Poor supervision, insufficient training, and ignoring procedures are common contributing factors to oilfield accidents. However, when it comes to fatigue being the main cause of an accident, figuring out how it plays a role can be challenging. Since various industries ...
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