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Blog Posts in 2017

  • 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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  • Oil Field Injuries Increase in Texas Shales

    || 10-Apr-2017

    Oilfield work is known to be one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States and the rest of the world. However, oilfield shales have substantially increased in recent years in many states, such as Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Texas is considered the largest producer of crude oil and natural gas in the nation. Unfortunately, injuries and fatalities occur frequently ...
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  • Feds Plan to Investigate Increasing Deaths & Working Conditions in Oil Fields

    || 29-Mar-2017

    The oil boom in Texas, North Dakota, and elsewhere has propelled the United States as the world’s leading energy provider. Unfortunately, the oil field industry is also responsible for many deaths of oil field workers. In an effort to improve safety, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is set to examine the contributing factors which cause accidents, injuries, ...
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  • Oilfield Workers Face Hazardous Hot Working Conditions

    || 13-Mar-2017

    A new hazard alert addresses fatalities related to hot work on oilfield tanks, tankers, and similar equipment to prevent them. According to the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network, 28 workers were killed due to fires and explosions related to hot work in oil and gas operations. Hot work consists of the following: Welding Burning Activities involving ...
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  • What Dangers Do Oil Field Workers Face?

    || 8-Feb-2017

    The State of Texas is one of the leaders in the oil and natural gas industry and employs several thousands of workers. Oil is one of the most precious resources used in the modern world, as it bolsters much of the state’s economy. Oil field employees sacrifice a great deal on a daily basis. The workplace is not always an ideal working situation, as employees face many dangers. In fact, oil ...
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