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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 There are many different types of tools, machines, and other equipment that could be faulty or out-of-date in the oil field environment you’re working in, so it’s important to know what types of equipment are the most likely to be defective and how you can avoid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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Is This Oil Rig Operator Responsible for a Worker’s On-the-Job Back Injury?

Last month, a case was filed in Harris County District Court against Rowan Companies Inc., an oil rig operator, alleging that the company is responsible for one of its employees suffering a back injury on an oil rig. Per the lawsuit, the worker is claiming that the oil rig operator failed to provide a safe work environment, and the oil rig that served as his worksite was unseaworthy. As a result, the worker says that the strain of working on an unsafe and unseaworthy oil rig for seven years led to him developing a severe back injury. In addition, the worker claims that the oil rig operator failing to train him to properly work in an environment with ergonomic risk factors contributed to him suffering the back injury. How Is Fault Determined Following an On-the-Job Injury? Who can be held accountable for an on-the-job accident or injury often depends on…
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What Are Workers’ Comp Programs Doing to Combat Prescription Drug Addiction?

Following a workplace accident, workers’ compensation benefits may be the only way that injured workers and their families can afford to cover medical treatment and living expenses. As a result, workers’ comp is often a lifesaver for on-the-job injury victims and their families. However, despite how much workers’ compensation helps people, one growing problem facing the workers’ comp system that must be solved is prescription drug addiction. What Is Being Done to Prevent Injured Workers from Becoming Addicted to Prescription Drugs? Per a SFGATE report, a news website owned by the San Francisco Chronicle, many states are using their workers’ compensation systems to fight back against doctors overprescribing painkillers to on-the-job injury victims. In addition, states are using the workers’ comp program to help workers who have become prescription drug addiction victims recover. After noticing several overdoses and deaths among injured workers due to the overprescribing of opioids, the Massachusetts’…
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