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How Could This Crane Accident in Houston Have Been Avoided?

Crane accidents are one of the most common incidents to occur on oil fields and oil rigs. It’s unfortunately easy for crane operators to not be properly trained in handling the crane equipment, or they might not be aware of any changes in operating practices. This summer, it will be the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest crane accidents that has occurred. Investigations have already been conducted, but it’s important to reflect on what happened during this accident and how the lessons learned can help prevent this from happening again. What Happened? This accident happened at an oil refinery in Houston in the summer of 2008. The crane collapsed and killed four workers while injuring seven others. The fatal accident raised concerns about the safety of operating cranes and the safety of the actual cranes themselves. The crane from this Houston accident was owned by Deep South Crane &…
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What Kind of Defective Equipment on Oil Fields Can Result in Injury?

If you are an employee in the oil field industry, you are probably familiar with the dangers of defective equipment and how they can cause serious injuries while working. There are many different types of tools, machines, and other equipment that could be faulty or out-of-date in the oil field environment you’re working in, so it’s important to know what types of equipment are the most likely to be defective and how you can avoid injuring yourself. While working in the Oil Field has gotten safer over the last decade, there are still many hidden dangers lurking to employees who work in the Oil Field.  The two main sources of injury are human error and defective equipment.  If you’ve worked in the Oil Field, you understand the hurry up and wait mentality, where many times, getting the job done in the fastest way possible is preferred over safety.  Skipping JSA’s…
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Louisiana Class Action Lawsuit Disputes State’s Public Defense System

Many states in America have corrupt or failing public defense systems, and Louisiana has one of the worst ones. For the past ten years, findings have shown that public defender workloads are too high and are resulting in limited time with clients, unprepared cases, and scheduling issues that prevent the criminal and civil courts from operating properly. An East Baton Rouge judge has allowed a class action lawsuit to move forward that is challenging the “constitutional effectiveness” of Louisiana’s public defense system. What’s Wrong with Louisiana’s Public Defense System? This lawsuit was filed in February of this year when 13 inmates claimed that their constitutional rights were denied as a result of the failing and under-funded public defense system. The suit was filed on behalf of the inmates’ public defense attorneys. Louisiana is the only state in the country that depends on traffic ticket revenue, court fees and fines to…
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