Refinery and plant explosions can be broken down into three main categories – poor maintenance, dirty chemicals, and safety violations. Maintaining the high tech equipment used at refineries is a full time job and unseen corrosion can weaken metal, reducing a pipe’s capacity to withstand high pressures. However, when a refinery company attempts to cut corners by cutting down on maintenance, a refinery explosion is often the result.
Oftentimes, when we think about the places we work we feel protected by those who’ve hired us and assume there would be no issue with our taking time off for personal reasons or even for an injury that happened on the job. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case and they can even find themselves being taken advantage of by the very companies they work for.
As we enter the month of August, we tend to focus on getting ready for back to school and the upcoming fall season. However, in the workplace, August is the time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Safe and Sound Week. Safe and Sound Week is a nationwide event aimed to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. With this information in mind, the experienced workplace injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group are sharing a few safety tips in celebration of this annual event.
While some jobs are more dangerous than others, every job can pose a fall risk to workers. Whether an individual slips on a wet surface or falls from a height, falls can cause serious and debilitating injuries. The fall injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group see injured workers too often and we’ve identified prevention tips for every workplace to help ensure workers stay safe and uninjured.
Every year, thousands of workers are injured on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to protect people from on the job dangers by enforcing strict safety regulations. Here are the top ten workplace safety violations from 2017:
It’s been nearly a month since an explosion at the Husky Oil Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin injured 20 people and forced an evacuation of a nearby town. However, the signs of the explosion can still be easily seen as the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) tries to determine the exact cause of the explosion. While it will take some time to determine the cause, the explosion reminds oil and gas workers across the country that their industry is inherently dangerous.
Texas drivers are no strangers to roadwork. As the state continues to repair and expand its roads, drivers need to remember to use extra caution when driving through work zones. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that the number of work zone fatalities last year increased 9% over the previous year.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency regulating and enforcing laws designed to protect our nation’s workers. Employers are required to submit reports when on-the-job accidents and injuries occur, and OSHA carefully monitors these reports to identify unsafe workplaces. However, this system only works when employers comply, and according to the agency, the majority of worksites didn’t submit their annual injury and illness logs for 2016.