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Blog Posts in March, 2015

  • Preventing Scaffolding Accidents on Industrial Worksites

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 31-Mar-2015

    Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is commonly used on construction and other industrial worksites. Its purpose is to support the work crew and provide a platform from which to work. Although scaffolding may be common, if proper safety procedures are not followed, accidents can easily occur. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 10,000 ...
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  • A Primer on OSHA Workplace Inspections

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-Mar-2015

    Federal law requires employers to meet a minimum standard of workplace safety to help prevent workplace accidents. Those standards are set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is responsible not only for creating workplace safety regulations, but also for inspecting workplaces to ensure that employers are complying with those regulations. When Do Inspections Occur? ...
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  • Just a decade ago, Texas City saw one of the most disastrous explosions at the BP Refinery unit. Spitting out 7,600 gallons of hydrocarbons into the sky, only a small spark was needed to set off the series of devastating explosions that took place at the refinery on March 23, 2005. A cluster of office trailers at the plant were completely destroyed, killing 15 individuals who were inside of them. ...
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  • Fall Protection Tops List of Safety Violations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Mar-2015

    Workplace accidents are far too common in the United States. One of the most common workplace accidents is falls from heights. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), 3 of the top 5 workplace safety violations involve accidents relating to falls. OSHA Safety Violations Safety violations relating to falls generally include fall protection, scaffolding protections, ...
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  • Preventing Heat-Related Work Injuries & Illnesses

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Mar-2015

    Spring has arrived, which means that summer is just around the corner and the temperatures are about to start rising—particularly in the southern regions of the country. While summertime weather can be great for lying on the beach, floating a river, or boating on a lake, the heat can be dangerous for outdoor workers. According to OSHA, 4,120 workers suffered a heat-related illness or injury ...
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  • Oil Field Rig Explosion Results in 3 Deaths in West Texas

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Mar-2015

    Early Tuesday morning an oil field rig in West Texas exploded, causing the deaths of three workers. According to reports, the accident took place near Rankin, which is about 40 miles south of Midland. The well is owned by Parsley Energy of Midland, which owns significant acreage in the Permian Basin. However, all the workers were reportedly employed by Mason Well Service Ltd., located in Odessa. ...
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  • OSHA Report Shows True Costs of Work Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 10-Mar-2015

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are roughly 4,500 workplace fatalities every year in the United States. On top of that, the BLS says there are an estimated three million other workers who suffer a serious injury at work as well. While these workplace injuries and fatalities take a huge toll on the workers and their families, a new report released last week by the ...
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  • Construction Workers Can Develop Musculoskeletal Disorders

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 5-Mar-2015

    The hazards of construction work are well known. It is one of the most dangerous industries to work in and it has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the country. And while a freak accident can injure or kill a construction worker in a moment’s notice, perhaps the most common injury construction workers suffer from develop over time. What Are Musculoskeletal Disorders? ...
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  • Mining Fatalities Continue to Rise

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Mar-2015

    The statistics released by the Department of Labor show a disturbing trend in mining fatalities. Looking back over the past four years of data, 2013 saw an increase in the number of fatalities from the previous two years. While one would hope that 2013 was simply an aberration, the new figures released for 2014 show that mining fatalities remained relatively constant at the higher 2013 rate. The ...
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