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Oil Platform Fire Leads to Worker Injuries Off Louisiana Coast

Two oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico, around 100 miles from the coast of Louisiana, were recently injured after a fire broke out on the oil platform they were working on, the Shell Enchilada platform. The fire broke out in early November and led to an evacuation of 46 workers from the platform. The two injured workers, a 54-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, suffered flash burns and a concussion, respectively. They were evacuated by helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. In the wake of the fire, Royal Dutch Shell shut down four oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, including Shell Enchilada. There is no current timeline for resumption of operations. What Do I Do If I Am Injured in a Fire on an Oil Platform? Oil rig workers are exposed to unique dangers due to heavy equipment, location hazards like the open…
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Distracted Driving Leads to Deadly Louisiana Car Crash

Louisiana was recently rated one of the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to distracted driving. And sadly, it seems as though distracted driving has claimed another victim, this one a 5-month-old child. In October 2017, a 23-year-old woman who was texting and driving slammed her vehicle into another vehicle occupied by a mother and the 5-month-old boy. The force of the crash pushed the mother’s vehicle into another one nearby, seriously injuring the baby. Two days later, the baby died at the hospital. Police issued warrants for the 23-year-old woman’s arrest for negligent homicide, negligent injuring and reckless operation in November. After the warrants came out, the distracted driver turned herself in. The death of the young child sparked a massive debate on social media, with family members of the deceased wishing the worst for the distracted driver. Others called the distracted driver foolish but urged sympathy…
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You’re Probably Endangering Your Child with Improper Car Seat Use

Do you have a young child? If you do, you should know that a shocking number of parents do not use car seats correctly to protect their children in the event of car accidents. Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death for children in the United States. And while it is impossible to predict when you might be involved in a car accident, there are still certain steps you can take to ensure your own safety and the safety of your children if the unfortunate event of an accident occurs. For that reason, it is important to make sure your children are properly restrained in your vehicle, especially during the upcoming holidays. When it comes to car seats, improper usage can actually have the opposite of the intended effect, making your child more likely to suffer injury. Statistics Regarding Restraint Use by Children There is…
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