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Diesel exhaust fumes can cause oilfield workplace accidents

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently reminded employers in the oil and gas industry nationwide, including Texas, about the potential consequences of diesel exhaust exposure. Along with the health problems posed by the diesel particulate matter (DPM) contents of the diesel exhaust fumes come the risks of workplace accidents. The short-term effects of such exposure could be distractive enough to jeopardize the abilities of workers involved in tasks that require precision.

New data should increase understanding of workplace accidents

Employers in Texas and throughout the country are expected to provide safe environments for their workers at their job sites. Government and industry standards are often rigorous, depending on the type of business. Unfortunately, even with these standards, workplace accidents still routinely occur. To better understand the types and frequencies of accidents and how to prevent them, a section about the workplace has been added to the database of injury facts published by the National Safety Council.

Many workplace accidents in the oilfields involve vehicle crashes

Workers on the Texas oil fields might not realize that more than 40 percent fatalities in the oil and gas industry involve motor vehicle accidents. These workers face an endless list of hazards that cause workplace accidents. However, safety authorities say drivers in the oil industry are vulnerable because of the long distances they travel, and their extended work shifts might lead to insufficient sleep and driver fatigue.

Just like workplace accidents, chemical exposure is compensable

Workers in the petrochemical and the oil and gas industries in Texas are typically exposed to multiple safety hazards. Employers must inform employees of all the risks they will face, and although potential workplace accidents involving physical injuries might be covered in safety talks and training, chemical hazards do not always receive the deserved attention. Chemicals can enter workers' bodies in several different ways, and only if they understand the possible routes of entry can they protect themselves.

Ways to prevent most common type of workplace accidents

Employees at businesses in Texas and in all other states go to their jobs each day with the expectation that they will have a safe working environment. The majority of companies have extensive safety manuals and accident prevention programs in place. Employees are required to follow proper procedures on how to safely perform their duties and how to operate potentially hazardous equipment. However, on-the-job accidents still occur, no matter what size or type of industry. Safety experts have cited the most common types of workplace accidents and some suggestions on how to prevent them.

Workers seriously injured in Midland pipeline explosions

A series of three natural gas pipeline explosions injured four pipeline employees and a volunteer firefighter at 11:30 am on Wednesday, August 1. The pipeline blasts happened on Farm-to-Market Road 1379, about twenty miles southeast of Midland. The first of the explosions started a fire. The pipeline workers and the firefighter had managed to quell the blaze, when two additional explosions followed in quick succession. The pipeline employees suffered serious burns and were transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock. The firefighter was taken to Midland City Hospital. So far, the cause of the explosions has not been determined.

Explosion at Gatesville hospital kills 1 and injures 12

On the afternoon of June 26, a massive explosion tore through a construction site at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas. The blast killed one construction worker and seriously injured 12 workers. The injured workers were transferred to area hospitals, including Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple and Hillcrest in Waco. Some of the injured workers suffered serious burns. Four of the most critically injured workers who were initially sent to Baylor White and Scott Hospital were later transferred to Dell Seton at the University of Texas.

Avoid workplace accidents by putting an IIPP in place

Employees at businesses in Texas and around the nation report to work each day, expecting that they will have a safe place to do their jobs. While this seems like a reasonable expectation, the reality is that workplace accidents are fairly common. In fact, the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on the job are regrettably high.

Workplace accidents: Construction worker killed on college campus

University campuses in Texas and elsewhere around the country often undergo major renovation projects to update buildings on their campuses. Construction crews are brought in to conduct the projects, along with equipment, machinery and materials to do the job. Unfortunately, workplace accidents are not uncommon when the hazards of the job site are considered. A death recently occurred on a campus construction site.

IIPPs effective tools in reducing workplace injuries

Safety is an issue for workers in most industries throughout Texas and other states. Companies of all sizes want to reduce workplace injuries and accidents. Of course, this goal requires thoughtful planning and execution in order to be achievable. Safety experts recommend that all businesses have an injury prevention plan in place.

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