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Is My Boss Required to Provide Safety Equipment?

A seaman recently filed a complaint against his employer, Deloach Marine Services LLC, alleging negligence. The complaint states that on March 19, the seaman was employed as a deckhand/engineer aboard the vessel M/V Zeland M. Deloach Jr. While working, he suffered workplace injuries resulting in expensive medical bills. He is seeking $2.5 million in damages and blamed the company for failure to provide safety equipment. Is My Employer Required to Provide Safety Equipment? When human error occurs or when a machine malfunctions, personal protective equipment (PPE) is often a worker’s last line of defense against serious injury or death. In May 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put a new rule into effect stating that not only are companies responsible for providing PPE, they are also required to pay for it. Employers cannot require workers to provide their own PPE. Here are the four responsibilities all employers must…
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Accidental Gas Inhalation: The Silent Killer of the Oil Industry

Working in the oil industry can be dangerous when employers and construction companies fail to take adequate measures to guarantee safety. One of those dangers is the inhalation of hydrocarbons. Many workers are exposed to dangerous gasses while tank gauging, the process of measuring oil and other byproducts in tanks. Others face dangers while servicing tanks. Take for example the 2007 deaths of two workers in Galliano, Louisiana, who died from hydrogen sulfide inhalation while cleaning a tank. The accident occurred when one of the workers accidently disconnected his respirator after falling from a ladder. A second worker who saw the accident occur attempted to help, but also succumbed to the dangerous gas. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas with the unmistakable smell of rotten eggs. It is also a cause of fatal work accidents in the oil industry. Other dangerous vapors include benzene, ethane, propane and butane. Centers for…
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