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Examining the extent of workplace falls

For those who are of a working age in San Antonio, falls may be the last thing they view as being a threat to their safety at work. Except for those whose jobs force them to work from heights, most professionals likely believe that only children or the elderly are at risk of being injured in a fall. These people may be shocked to learn just how devastating a seemingly innocuous ground-level fall may be, and how great of a toll such accidents take on the American workforce every year. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as recently as 2014, workplace falls caused almost 262,000 private and public employees to miss work, and that such accidents cost $70 billion in medical costs and workers' compensation claims annually. Most may expect the construction and extraction industries to account for the greatest number of falls, and indeed, the CDC's data does show them to be among those occupations with the greatest potential for employee fall accidents. Yet the others might surprise some. They include: 

  • Healthcare workers
  • Facility cleaning and maintenance crews
  • Transportation workers and material movers

The outlook for worker recruiting in the oil industry

Today's advanced technology has made countless jobs in Texas simpler, faster and safer. As a result, some industries have become less of a hazard to workers than in previous years. The oil industry, however, remains one of the most dangerous jobs for many reasons. Despite the plethora of jobs oil work has created, could it face challenges in acquiring workers down the road?  

It has long been known that the oil industry can be a risky one. Oil Price, a resource for oil and energy news, shared in a piece on oil field work that it is partially for this reason that some younger workers refuse to join the industry altogether. And while the industry, like others, seeks the work of millennials in search of careers, it also faces the obstacle of persuading them into this line of employment. Oil Price adds that the difficulty of the job is another aspect that dissuades younger workers from the industry -- according to a survey used in the article, millennials prefer a more balanced work schedule and closer work with the latest technology. 

Rollover crash in San Antonio kills teen

It is generally accepted that motorists in San Antonio have a responsibility to keep the passengers of their vehicles safe. Most assume that responsibility to include not driving recklessly, as well as ensuring that their vehicles are operating efficiently. Yet should they also be held accountable for the decisions their passengers make during their journeys? Say, for example, that a passenger decides not to wear a seat belt. Is the driver responsible for ensuring that he or she does so? After all, it is likely widely known by most what the consequences of such a decision may be. 

Those consequences were on full display following a rollover accident off of U.S. Highway 281 in San Antonio. For reasons yet unknown to accident investigators, the man driving the vehicle lost control, which resulted in the vehicle rolling into the median. He survived the accident without injury, yet the teenage woman he was traveling with was ejected from the vehicle during the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities believe that she was not wearing her seat belt. 

What will you be able to recover from a car accident?

Car accidents vary in the types of consequences and impact they can have on Texas victims. While some people are able to recover and rebuild rather quickly, that may not be the case for you. In fact, it could be quite difficult for you to pick up the pieces and move forward after an accident.

You may be dealing with injuries and financial complications after a car accident, but you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation. In fact, it could be beneficial to learn exactly what damages you should pursue after a car crash. You have a right to seek recovery of your financial losses, as well as restitution for your pain and suffering.

Delayed injury symptoms could cause permanent brain damage

After a car accident on the Texas freeway, you may feel considerably shaken up. However, you walk away from the collision counting your blessings that a few bruises and a headache seem to be all you have suffered. At The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., we understand that many traumatic brain injuries take time to develop, and if undetected, could lead to permanent brain damage.

Whether or not you hit your head on something, you could have a brain injury. When your head was thrown forward and backward, or side to side, your brain could have hit the inside of your skull. According to WebMD, broken capillaries under the skin typically cause a bruise and some swelling. When the bleeding is between your brain and your skull, the swelling causes pressure against the gray matter. 

Life-saving technology on large trucks

Passenger vehicles practically drive themselves these days, with automatic braking and parallel parking systems, cruise control, and warnings and alerts for almost any danger on the Texas roadways. But what about large trucks? 

According to Forbes magazine, the deaths in large truck crashes have increased over time, with more than 4,000 people dying in these collisions in 2015 alone, and more than 116,000 more injured. If trucking companies were to install some of these safety systems on their fleets, it could drop the number of crashes by roughly 63,000 per year, one study estimates.

Spreading safety awareness in the roofing industry

In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, countless Texans are in need of new homes -- but the task, of course, is easier said than done. For various reasons, including the high demand for contractors, there is now a massive shortage for construction workers in the industry.

This high demand certainly raises the stakes when it comes to supplying families and business with the shelter they need to get back to their normal lives. Roofing is already known as a dangerous job on its own, but in these recent crucial circumstances, that danger can become all the more prominent when workers feel rushed or pressured to complete projects quickly. Looking at the statistics and becoming more knowledgeable about the risks alone can prevent dangers down the road.

I may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Is this a work injury?

If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, depending on your job, it could certainly be work related. Carpal tunnel syndrome tends to cause one or both hands to become weak or numb.

You may also be feeling tingling or even pain. Ultimately, you may have trouble using your hands in a functional manner if not properly treated.

When your health is at risk on an oil field

On the oil fields in Texas, literally every part of your body is vulnerable. While oil and gas extraction companies can lower the risks by following safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the health hazards associated with your job cannot be entirely eliminated. We at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., understand the responsibilities your employer has to protect your health.

OSHA lists a few major hazards that you may face on the oil field. Inhalation of hydrogen sulfide and silica can both be fatal, but even in small doses, if the right precautions are not taken, these substances may cause permanent, life-shortening damage to your health. Exposure to diesel exhaust may also cause long-term health problems. The threats from these and many other material exposures should be minimized through the following:

  • Respiratory protection
  • Eye and face protection
  • Hazardous communication materials
  • Training on how to handle hazardous materials 

How to deal with the threats of fire on the Texas oil fields

If you are making a living on the Texas oil fields, you will be only too aware of the dangers of your job. Working on and around drilling rigs and other heavy equipment poses multiple safety hazards and a constant risk of severe injuries or even death. Challenging working conditions, defective equipment or negligence of co-workers or supervisors could leave you suffering the consequences of a workplace accident and mounting medical bills.

Flammable materials, gases and chemicals will be your constant companions if you work in the gas and oil industry. As you move about refining, extraction and other sites, fire protection must be the primary concern. Fire hazard management forms a key part of employee safety in this industry.

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