When you become injured on the job in Texas, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. However, there is an important process you need to follow to improve the chances of a quick and positive result for your workers' compensation claim, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.
At any job, you will should see posted certain guidelines set in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent injuries in the workplace. OSHA regularly inspects companies in Texas and the rest of the country to ensure that they abide by these guidelines. At the end of the fiscal year, OSHA releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited violations of the national guidelines so that you and your employers can learn the most common issues and make changes to reduce preventable injuries, illness and death.
Although many people only associate driving under the influence with alcohol, drugged driving, or driving under the influence of legal or illegal drugs, has the potential to be just as dangerous. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "10 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed." This does not take into account legal drugs, such as prescription drugs or marijuana in some states.
It is almost inevitable that you will find yourself on the road next to a tractor trailer. Although truck drivers undergo training to drive safely and must abide by certain regulations set in place to reduce the risk of accidents, you also play a role in facilitating a safe driving experience. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there are a few things you can do to safely share the road with semis in Texas and anywhere else you drive.
There is no denying that working in the oilfield comes with some level of danger. Although explosions and fires make the news more often than other accidents, the most common accident for oilfield workers actually involves the road. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 51 of the 112 oil industry workplace fatalities in 2011 were due to transportation incidents. Comparatively, only 12 fatalities were due to fire or explosions and 26 were due to “contact with objects and equipment,” which often means objects falling on the worker.