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Petroleum refiner faces OSHA fines after worker fatality

OSHA has penalized a petroleum refiner and an industrial contractor with $106,080 in fines after a worker in a confined space lost air supply and died from asphyxiation. Workers in Texas may want to know how the two parties were negligent.

Do office jobs have an impact on your health?

Office jobs aren't normally associated with many hazards. In fact, working in an office is considered pretty safe when compared to many other industries, including factories, health care facilities, or auto shops. That doesn't mean that office work is completely without its risks, however. Business Insider explains a few of the many hazards facing office workers, some of which can have significant health consequences. 

High-pressure work environments and the risk of an accident

People are injured while performing their job in so many ways, from electrical accidents on construction sites to repetitive stress injuries that occur among office workers. Regardless of one’s line of work, jobs can become very demanding at certain times, whether difficult goals have to be met or a business becomes unusually hectic due to seasonal demands. When workers find themselves in a high-pressure scenario, they may be more likely to become injured in an on the job accident.

What can I do about an OSHA violation at work?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) creates standards that all U.S. employers must follow to ensure workers remain safe and secure. When a violation occurs, workers are encouraged to report incidents to the proper authorities to prevent serious injuries or even loss of life from occurring. The OSHA Education Center offers the following information, which will help you take the right steps in the event that you experience a violation at your place of work. 

Examples of workplace accommodation

If you have a work-related disability in Texas that affects how you are able to perform your job, there are certain requirements your employer must follow to help you get back to work. Employers must provide accommodations for physical and mental disabilities as long as they do not cause undue hardship on the company.

Signs of post-traumatic stress disorder after a serious injury

When Texas workers are seriously injured on the job, they may deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is particularly true for those in high threat environments. Fortunately, according to FindLaw, if the injury is work related and the worker suffers from extreme stress and anxiety and it affects the ability to do the job and earn money, it may be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim.

What are heat-related illnesses?

As the weather changes and the days start getting hot, you mind may wander to those long, hot days ahead. If you work outside in Texas, there is a very real risk of a heat-related illness. It is essential for you and your employer to plan ahead and be prepared so you are not put at risk for such an illness. It starts with understanding what these illnesses are.

What happens when you have a spinal injury?

Accidents at work can have very serious consequences, especially when the spinal cord is damaged. You may experience life-long complications because of your injuries, including chronic pain and impairment. The Mayo Clinic offers the following information on injuries to the spinal cord and their effects.

Family mourns the loss of woman killed in workplace accident

For many employers in Texas, the task of protecting their employees is of primary importance. Many companies can agree that their workers are one of their top assets in facilitating the success and longevity of their ability to compete with other organizations. However, there are times when workplace risks and hazards can be overlooked or compromised by certain factors, and the results could end up endangering the safety of the workers. 

Why workers' compensation claims are denied

According to the workers' compensation laws of Texas, workers who become injured on the job and meet requirements deserve compensation in the form of wage loss and medical benefits. However, the process of obtaining benefits is more complicated than the straightforwardness of the law would suggest.

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