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  • The Five Most Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents

    || 10-May-2018

    The oil and gas industry is a massive source of income for the United States, as it has made over 100 million dollars in revenue annually over the past six years. While the industry produces what some have called “liquid gold,” the very nature of its existence is due in large part to oilfield workers. These employees are some of the hardest working individuals in the U.S. labor force; ...
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  • Oil Field Accidents & Defective Equipment

    || 24-Apr-2018

    Extracting oil and gas is very dangerous work. Employers are expected to train their employees to work safely and maintain the equipment they use to perform their job duties. This requires both employers and their employees to manage the materials that they frequently come into contact with each day. Because working on an oilfield requires workers to encounter many different hazards, it is ...
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  • How Do I Prove Employer Retaliation?

    || 11-Apr-2018

    An employee who makes a formal complaint about discrimination or harassment is protected from retaliation by their employer. Companies are not allowed to punish their employees for enacting their labor rights. Although there are laws in place to protect workers from employer retaliation, more than 1/3 of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are for ...
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  • Shoulder Injuries & Workers Compensation

    || 27-Mar-2018

    There are many different types of shoulder injuries that can be caused by work-related duties that you might perform. The severity of a shoulder injury can vary from minor strains to serious dislocations. In fact, some shoulder injuries can be so severe that the person can lose mobility in their arm and other areas of their body. Employees who have developed a shoulder injury at work are eligible ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Skin Disorders & Workers' Compensation

    || 8-Mar-2018

    Do you have a serious skin condition or disease? Do you work with dangerous chemicals in your line of work? Do you think your skin condition might be related to the work you perform or the environment you work in? If so, you might be eligible to recover workers compensation benefits. Although most people are aware that you can get workers’ comp for workplace injuries like a slip and fall, ...
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  • Top 3 Oil Field Accidents

    || 15-Feb-2018

    Drilling for oil can be extremely dangerous work. Nearly every aspect of the drilling and extraction process has the potential to create a serious accident or cause severe injury. Employees who work in the oil fields face the risk of injuries caused by sudden explosions and exposure to toxic chemicals. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), more than 4,000 oilfield ...
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  • The 20 Most Dangerous Occupations in America

    || 2-Feb-2018

    Much of popular culture would have you believe that law enforcement is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. Shows like “Cops” and “The First 48” rely on creating a sense of danger to keep viewers watching. But research has shown time and time again that the occupations with the highest risk of death are not always the ones we see on television. In this blog ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Third Party Claims

    || 31-Jan-2018

    A third-party is anyone other than your employer or co-workers. If you have been injured at work, and your injury was caused by the negligence of a third-party, you can file a claim for damages. In this blog, we explain what you need to know about third-party claims. What’s the Difference Between a Worker’s Comp Claim & a Third-Party Claim? Employees who suffer an occupational ...
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  • 10 Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries

    || 19-Jan-2018

    Serious workplace accidents and injuries happen every day. In 2013, 4,405 workers died on the job, while millions more suffered serious injuries from an accident at work. In fact, 3.3 million people suffered a workplace injury that they might never recover from. Below, we explain 10 common workplace accidents. #1: On the Job Violent Acts Violent attacks and fights between employees have led to ...
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  • The Role of an Attorney in Your Workers' Comp Case

    || 17-Jan-2018

    After a workplace accident, people can be reluctant to file a workers’ compensation case. However, if they were injured during the course of their job, filing can be a fairly straightforward process. Generally, you won’t experience much of an issue if you suffered a minor injury, missed little to no work during the injury, and you don’t have a preexisting condition. Likewise, if ...
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  • Oil Field Accidents: When to Involve a Lawyer

    || 15-Jan-2018

    Drilling for oil is an incredibly dangerous job. The risk of injury and death can be incredibly high, from drilling to extraction. Not only do oil field workers use industrial machines, but many oil fields can experience explosions if a stray spark comes into contact with the flammable material. According to OSHA, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job from 2003 to 2010. ...
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  • Texas is Responsible for 40% of U.S. Oil Field Fatalities

    || 11-Jan-2018

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas accounted for approximately 40 percent of the 663 workers that were killed throughout the United States in oil field-related industries between 2007 and 2012. An investigation by the Houston Chronicle revealed the failure of the federal government to implement proper safety standards and procedures. Additionally, the investigation also shows ...
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  • Oil Boom Leads to More Deaths

    || 9-Jan-2018

    For more than a decade, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced exceptional growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the overall workforce doubled in size and the number of drilling rigs increased by 71 percent from 2003 to 2013. Unfortunately, these increases correlate with a substantial increase of oil field and onshore drilling accidents, injuries, ...
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  • Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim?

    || 5-Jan-2018

    Under federal and state laws, employers must not take negative employment actions against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This is known as retaliation, and is strictly prohibited. Thus, you may not be legally fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This law provides protection to all employees who file workers’ compensation in good faith. This means ...
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  • 5 Reasons Your Workers' Comp Claim May Have Been Denied

    || 3-Jan-2018

    Workers’ compensation is designed to provide financial relief to injured workers. It covers medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses associated with the at-work injury. However, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation. If you fail to meet the requirements, your claim may be denied. There are 5 main reasons your workers’ ...
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  • On-the-Job Car Accidents

    || 29-Nov-2017

    The workforce is littered now, more than ever, with employees who drive as part of their job. Whether you are an employee driving your own car or company car, the chance of you driving a vehicle as part of your job requirement is not minimal. However, there are serious risks awaiting us on the road every day. Accidents happen at an astounding rate, oftentimes as a result of others’ ...
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  • 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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