Employee concerns about health and/or safety hazards at work can generally be put to rest by knowing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists. With that being said, workplace accidents can and do happen and unfortunately OSHA violations are often a part of these occurrences. For an idea on just how frequently these instances occur, let’s take a look at the top 10 OSHA violations for 2018.
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.
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.
Last week, a chemical plant in Hood County caught fire, causing injuries to several workers and at least one fatality. While authorities are not yet sure what caused the chemical plant explosions, the resulting fire caused toxic plumes of smoke to be visible for miles.
Regardless of the industry or type of job, all workers are entitled to a safe workplace. Employers in more dangerous industries like construction or manufacturing need to take extra steps to protect their employees from harm. Unfortunately, some of the most dangerous conditions for workers are not obvious, and can even be hidden in plain sight.