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Lax Worker Safety Culture in Texas?

construction workers 2.jpgLast July, three Texas construction firms were hit with nearly $800,000 in penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The federal agency noted that the three companies put workers in tremendous danger, according to a story in the Texas Tribune. The agency also noted that the state has a lax safety culture that results in more work-related deaths and injuries in Texas than in any other state.

Is Workplace Safety Being Hurt by Falling Oil Prices?

As oil prices decline, are producers cutting safety expenses? It may be too early to tell, but the death of three oil field workers last week in West Texas is troubling.

Texas Oil and Gas Workers Have Fewer Deaths

Surprisingly, the most dangerous state for oil and gas workers is not Texas. It's North Dakota. Oil and gas workers in North Dakota die on the jobs three times more frequently than the national average. In contrast, Texas was fifth on the list for workrelated deaths in the industry in 2011-2012, ranking behind West Virginia, New Mexico and Oklahoma in addition to North Dakota in oil and gas worker fatalities.

Will Decrease in Oil Prices Reduce Work-related Deaths?

Will the decline in oil prices throughout the world affect Texas? Of course it will. Tax revenues will decrease, employment will decline and related businesses will be forced to scale back or shut their doors entirely. However, there may eventually be an upside to this decline in oil and gas revenue: a decrease in worksite and roadway accidents related to oil and gas.

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    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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