During the decades of the explosive growth of the railroad industry across the U.S., Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to protect injured workers. Approved in 1908, the FELA allows employees to sue their employer if negligence on the company’s behalf contributed in any way to their injuries. Prior to this law, uninsured railroad workers had no recourse against companies that showed disregard for their safety. According to the Association of American Railroads, Texas is home to the most miles of rail in the country, with the second highest number of workers. These employees are protected against unsafe practices and hazardous cost-cutting measures through the FELA.
Lubbock students are heading back to school today. This means many nervous parents and teachers will be clamoring away as the kids hit the classrooms. Safety for these students should always be top of mind. Many children will be boarding the school bus each weekday morning. It’s important to remember that although we entrust bus drivers with getting kids to and from school each day, accidents can happen and injuries can occur. These unfortunate situations may occur more often than many parents realize, making it essential to not underestimate the importance of safety.
Two safety advocacy groups have begun seeking access to previously sealed files concerning possible safety hazards posed by highway guardrail end caps manufactured by a division of Trinity Industries, a Dallas-based manufacturer. The Center for Auto Safety and Massachusetts-based The Safety Institute, based in Massachusetts, filed a request on Thursday asking a federal judge to unseal court records of a trial involving an accusation made by Joshua Harman, a guardrail installer employed in Virginia, in which he said that new versions of the ET-Plus guardrail are likely to jam, causing potentially fatal damage when struck.
As the leading employer of construction workers in the U.S., Texas is home to over 100,000 men and women who climb scaffolds, operate forklifts, and fill all the other essential roles in building everything from new offices to renovating old homes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the busy schedules and quotes to meet, workers also face a high risk of injuries and even fatalities. The U.S. Department of Labor lists 89 construction fatalities in Texas in 2010, the second highest workplace fatality rate.
The final hot, sunny days of the Texas summer break are approaching and many families take their last vacation to amusement parks. While enjoying the ferris wheel, funnel cake, and fun times with your family, it can be easy to forget the potential dangers that lurk around the corners of theme parks, but situations do arise that can cause injuries or even death when proper precautions are neglected by staff members or the park’s management.
The oil and gas industry is booming across the U.S., particularly in states like Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Texas produces over 1/3 of the country’s oil, giving a boost to local economies and providing thousands of jobs. However, the dangerous machinery and harsh conditions of the job create risks for workers than can lead to injuries and even death when accidents occur. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the fatality rate of oil and gas extraction workers from 2003 to 2010 was seven times higher than the rate of all other industries.
When taking a road trip or vacation at the end of your summer, it is important to be cautious of the many hazards on Texas’ interstates and freeways. One of the most dangerous elements of driving on busy roads and rushing highways is the risk posed by 18-wheelers. In 2011, over 270,000 trucking accidents occurred on roads across the US, with nearly one quarter of those resulting in injuries, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). With semi-trucks weighing up to 30 times more than an average passenger vehicle, it’s important to keep an eye out for them when traveling long distances.
Every year, nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, half of these are children according the Center for Disease Control. One in five dog bites are serious enough to require medical attention. Unfortunately, many people are bitten by dogs they know – pets owned by family members and friends. In many cases, if a dog has bitten you, you have a legal right to recover damages from the dog owner or another responsible party. While this can put you in a tough situation as you may be apprehensive about suing someone you know, you need to cover your medical bills. What you might not know is that dog bite injury claims are normally filed against the dog owner’s renters or homeowners insurance company, not the dog owner individually.