From online retailers to grocery store, many businesses use warehouses to ship, receive, and store materials and goods across the U.S. Factories are also necessary to produce and distribute products, providing thousands of jobs for Americans.
Electronics are part of our everyday lives, in simple tasks that we rely on for food, comfort, cleanliness, and convenience. Small appliances in homes across Texas and New Mexico are necessary and so common that we often forget the danger posed by electrical appliances if they prove to be defective. A frayed cord, poor wiring, sparks, and a wide variety of other issues can arise in defective appliances and lead to disastrous results.
Many industries carry the potential for serious injury, and the risk of falling from a height is a danger frequently faced by workers in roles such as construction, oil and gas, and maritime fields. According to the Health Safety Executive, falls from heights was the most common cause of fatalities in the workplace in 2012,…
Commercial truck drivers are trusted with transporting heavy cargo and operating vehicles that pose a serious threat to smaller vehicles on the road. The National Highway Safety Administration reported that in 2012, 543 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents in Texas alone, while 39 were involved in New Mexico fatalities. This heavy responsibility makes it imperative for employers to ensure that they are only allowing responsible drivers to get behind the wheel of 18-wheelers and other trucks. A company who negligently allows a reckless driver to transport goods across the country could be held liable for any damage caused by their behavior.
Any auto accidents can result in serious injuries and property damage. However, some factors contribute to the risk involved, greatly increasing the danger. One of the most influential aspects of damage resulting from a car, truck, or motorcycle accident is the speed at which the vehicles were traveling. When even one of the automobiles is speeding, drivers and passengers face a much higher risk of serious injuries or death.
Texas and New Mexico property owners, businesses, and apartment managers have a duty to protect their patrons and tenants to the best of their abilities under premises liability laws. When a person visits a store or other privately owned property, they are trusting that their safety will be a top priority. One of the responsibilities to uphold this trust includes providing adequate security to protect visitors from the threat of crimes.
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.