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What to Do if You Are Hurt on the Job and Your Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Comp

In most states and with most employers, if you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits under most circumstances regardless of who was at fault for the injury. However, Texas is the only state that does not require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits to their injured employees.

Texas A&M Construction Worker Seeking $10 Million After Being Run Over by 9000 Pound Truck

Firm partner Benny Agosto, Jr. files suit on behalf of Benjamin Portillo, a critically injured construction worker for negligence, gross negligence, negligent entrustment, imputed liability, and premises liability, seeking monetary relief of more than $10 million from Gilbane Building Company, Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC, and Derik Matejka, II. According to the lawsuit, the construction worker was run over by a 9000-pound truck at the Cain Garage construction site located at Texas A&M University's campus.

Lack of Fall Protection Still on OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations

The 2017 top violations remain largely unchanged from 2016, with fall protection General Requirements at the top of the lost. However, in 2017 "Fall Protection - Training Requirements", is now added to the top 10 list, at number nine.

Deadly Oil Rig Accident

One worker is dead and another lost a limb after an accident occurred on an oil rig near McCook, Texas. The injured worker remains in critical condition. The drilling site was on Moorefield Road, south of FM 490 near McCook. The incident occurred on September 25, 2017.

Fire at Chemical Plant

Another chemical plant posed a risk in southeast Texas. As reported by news sources, components of the Enterprise Products plant on FM 1942 in Mont Belvieu in Chambers County caught on fire Friday night. The fire was finally contained at about 8:00 p.m., according to an announcement by a local sheriff. The plant was initially closed off, and later both the location was confirmed and the nature of the blaze: a petrochemical fire. The flames were observed shortly after 7:00 p.m. from another plant some six or seven miles away. There has been no official statement of the cause of the fire, though a company executive confirmed that it came from an over-pressurized well. Fortunately, no injuries have yet been reported, though a prior pipeline explosion in 2011 at the company was fatal.

Texas Ranked 5th Most Dangerous State for Workplace Accidents

After a search of 19,937 reports comprised of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) injury reports, the Bureau of Labor Statistics job fatalities statistics, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data reports, the website Zippia was able to determine what the most dangerous states to work in are, along with the most dangerous industry in each state. Unlike previous research which primarily depended on Social Security Disability claims and days on leave (treatment varies depending on the state), Zippia's emphasis on the OSHA data in particular is significant as in 2015, OSHA required employers to report ALL work-related fatalities, hospitalizations, etc., whereas before, OSHA only required fatalities and hospitalizations to be reported if the injuries being reported involved three or more people. Sadly, Zippia's findings did not place Texas in a favorable light.

My Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Compensation. Is That Legal?

If you are hurt on the job in most of the country, you can rest assured that your employer (or its insurance company) has the obligation to pay for your medical bills and pay some of your lost wages while you recover, regardless of fault. You may have to fight with them over the bills, but you know that they have to pay as long as you show the injury was the result of an on-the-job accident. You know this as "workers compensation," and it is mandatory in almost every state in the Union.

Texas gets a 'D' in the National Safety Council Safety Report

According to the "State of Safety" report by the National Safety Council, Texas is one of 26 states which received either a 'D' or an 'F' for overall safety. According to the report, in 2015 a total of 10,208 deaths occurred in Texas. Of that figure, 3,722 fatalities occurred on the road, 6,020 fatalities occurred in the home and community, and 460 fatalities occurred in the workplace.

Suspected Propane Explosion Levels Home in Dawson, TX

On April 20, 88-year-old Dwain Spruiell and his wife, Cathy, were hosting out of town relatives when their home suddenly and unexpectedly exploded. The force of the blast leveled their home and shattered the windows at a nearby church. The Navarro County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the explosion, but the home's propane system is suspected to be the root cause.

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion

A massive explosion along a natural gas pipeline shook houses as far as 60 miles away in Refugio County, Texas last week. The cause of the initial fire that led to the explosion is still under investigation, and no injuries have been reported. The explosion and resulting fireball were reportedly so intense that the light could be seen over 150 miles away.

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