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OSHA investigating fatal workplace accident at construction site

When employees go to work, they generally don't think that they might not be coming home. Unfortunately, that happens all too often to workers across the country. When a fatal workplace accident happens, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts an investigation to determine exactly what happened and whether the employer was negligent in any way that may have caused the incident. This is exactly what OSHA representatives are doing after one worker died in a recent trench collapse on a construction site here in Texas.

According to authorities, the accident happened at a construction site for an apartment complex. At this time, they have not released any details about exactly how the trench collapsed. One worker had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, but died there. Two other workers were taken to the hospital with injuries and one of them has been released.

A shocking number of truckers may be using illegal drugs

Trucks on the highway may be a necessary danger. They transport the goods you and other consumers need, and they keep the American economy sound. Truck drivers have a difficult job. They often get little respect on the road, they spend a great deal of time away from their families, and their work is long and tedious. Nevertheless, this does not provide an excuse for using illegal substances to relieve boredom, stress or fatigue.

You may be shocked to learn that this may be much more common than most drivers realize. Nevertheless, a recent report to Congress shows that thousands of truckers may be under the influence of illegal drugs while they are behind the wheel. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident involving a truck, you may have many questions about the condition of the driver at the time.

Premises liability: Unknown dangerous dogs could pose danger

Though many people consider their pets like part of the family, animals can still attack and hurt people or other animals. The most common example is when someone's dog attacks and seriously injures someone, which could lead to a needed premises liability claim. Some residents in certain areas of Texas are complaining that they aren't always told about potentially dangerous dogs that may pose a threat to the public. They want lawmakers to step up efforts to inform the public of the possible risks.

Many cities maintain a registry to document where potentially dangerous dogs live, but only some cities make it accessible online to anyone, while others keep it private or do not have it available to search on the internet. One special interest group found that a third of cities wouldn't share the information, even with an open records request. In Texas, a "dangerous dog" is essentially one that attacks a person, or acts as though it may attack, in a way that causes a physical injury, provided the dog wasn't in an enclosure. Some people worry that not knowing where these dangerous dogs live may put them, their loved ones and their pets at risk.

Amputation of fingers can mean a drastic life change

Most people do not realize how much they depend on their hands and fingers until an unexpected accident leaves them injured. Being unable to use your hands for a period of time while they recover can be frustrating. You may try to find creative ways to dress or fix yourself some breakfast, but mostly, you may have to rely on others.

It may be a great relief when you are on the mend and can get back to your normal routine. However, what happens when the accident leads to a permanent injury, such as the loss of one or more fingers? You may not realize how greatly the loss of even a single digit can affect your life.

Rehabilitation can be a costly necessity after a brain injury

Perhaps few other injuries can change lives as completely as a traumatic brain injury. In addition to the physical toll a brain injury may bring, many victims suffer cognitive and personality changes that affect their loved ones as well. If your loved one is the victim of an act of negligence or recklessness that left him or her with a brain injury, you may have many concerns about what to expect in the future.

It is possible that your loved one required surgery after the injury. You can also expect a long recovery after receiving treatment. One important part of recovery from a brain injury is rehabilitation. If doctors recommend rehabilitation for your loved one, you may wish to understand why.

Workplace accidents: OSHA issues fine for construction death

When most people go to work, they assume that they will return home at the end of the day. Unfortunately, far too many suffer injuries on the job and some people even lose their lives to workplace accidents. Certain industries present more risk than others, but employers must still follow all safety protocols to ensure that workers avoid harm. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined a construction company here in Texas over the death of an employee, after the company apparently failed to maintain a safe work environment.

The fatality happened earlier this year, but the fine wasn't issued until recently. Authorities say that the employee's construction company had been hired by a trucking company. The employee was using a concrete boom to pour concrete. The weight of the boom allegedly shifted, causing an imbalance. The man was hit in the head by the boom and died as a result of the injury.

Has a brain injury affected your memory?

The brain is an amazing and complex organ. In fact, doctors and scientists will admit they have barely begun to tap into the capacity and functions of the brain. As a result, when the brain suffers a traumatic injury, the consequences can be devastating and irreversible.

One critical function of the brain is memory. You may not have realized how much you rely on memory for your daily life until the day when you suffered a traumatic brain injury that affected your ability to learn and remember. If doctors have told you that this damage is likely permanent, it will be critical for you to learn as many coping mechanisms as possible.

Defective products can cause serious harm to Texas babies

When parents buy a product for their baby, they probably assume it will be safe to use. Most people in Texas don't buy consumer products and worry about how dangerous they could be, yet defective products can cause serious harm to innocent consumers. Recently, the potential risks of several popular baby products was brought to public attention, specifically popular products used to help babies sleep.

An investigation undertaken by Consumer Reports found that some inclining products available that are supposedly able to help a baby sleep better could actually be placing them in harm's way. These are things a parent could place in the crib, bassinet or adult bed, and the investigation revealed that these products may be linked to 12 deaths from 2012 to 2018. Even though these are things that affect babies, sleep support products do not have to pass any type of federal safety guideline.

Stabilizing your loved one after a spinal cord injury

If your loved one has recently suffered a spinal cord injury, you may not be getting the answers you need. In fact, the medical team may be so busy attending to your loved one's care that they do not have the time to stop and update you on what is happening.

Like many family members dealing with an injured loved one, you may feel that not knowing anything is worse than knowing the bad news. The truth is that if your loved one suffered a spinal injury, there is a good chance the injury will result in partial or total paralysis. What doctors focus on in those early moments and hours is preventing further damage and ensuring your loved one is stabilized.

Building fires: Father injured saving kids

Fires can start for numerous reasons, but they all leave devastation behind them. It is the type of disaster that can change a family's life forever as they deal with the aftermath of injuries, property loss or even the death of loved ones. When building fires happen because of someone else's carelessness, they may be especially upsetting since they could be avoided. This is what several families are going through here in Texas after an apartment fire displaced numerous families and injured a father and his children as they attempted to escape the blaze.

Authorities say that the fire started on a recent early morning in an apartment block. They think it was the result of unattended cooking and so far do not believe that it was intentionally set. It broke out in a first-floor apartment that sustained significant damage in the tragedy.

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