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  • New Hire Training Essential to Preventing Industrial Deaths

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 29-Dec-2014

    With the continuing expansion in industrial fields, such as manufacturing, construction, mining, and especially the oil and gas industry, many companies are eager to hire new faces. The opportunity for well-paid positions with a promising future for the industry has also appealed to thousands of workers who have flocked to growing sites, such as the Bakken Shale area. However, this growth across a ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Files Lawsuit for Injured Industrial Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Dec-2014

    Arnold & Itkin industrial injury attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright and Kala Flittner filed a lawsuit today in the District Court for Harris County, Texas on behalf of an injured worker. The plaintiff was injured while working at an industrial site in Galveston, Texas when third party scaffolding workers attempted to modify a scaffolding leg using only rope. While attempting to alter the ...
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  • OSHA Proposes Rulemaking Regarding Silica Dust

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Dec-2014

    Work in many industries, such as construction, exposes employees to inhalation of silica dust. This dangerous substance is created through the demolition, cutting, crushing, or other destruction of rock, stone, concrete, and other common materials. When these very fine particles are released into the air and inhaled by workers, they can cause the development of silicosis, chronic obstructive ...
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  • Workplace Injuries Increase Around the Holidays

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Dec-2014

    The holiday season is an exciting time of year, but it is also dangerous. Unfortunately, we often see an increase in the number of injuries during this time of year. The injuries are often caused by some combination of added responsibilities, stress, decrease work force, or simply a rush to get the job done. It is important that workers be careful not to let their guards down at this time of year. ...
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  • The Importance of Fall Protection to Save Lives

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Dec-2014

    Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. A leading cause of injuries and fatalities is falls from high platforms such as roofs and scaffolding. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls contribute to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths in construction accidents each year. In order to limit the number of injuries and fatalities ...
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  • As far back as 1948, many experts have known of the dangers and health risks of exposure to benzene. In a report linking benzene to leukemia, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health noted "that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero." The report was prepared for the American Petroleum Institute, the petrochemical industry's main lobbyist. The document ...
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  • Risk of Fatalities and Injuries for Commercial Drivers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 4-Dec-2014

    Commercial drivers provide an invaluable service to nearly every industry in America. Transporting goods from one coast to the other, they are necessary to stock stores, carry fuel, and gather construction materials that keep our society functioning. However, these powerful and large vehicles carry a particularly high rate of injuries and fatalities for their drivers, who make up more deaths in ...
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  • Toxic Dust and How to Protect Your Lungs

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Dec-2014

    In a wide range of fields, workers are exposed to a variety of dangerous toxins in the air. As hazardous materials are inhaled, the lungs can receive both short- and long-term damage. In some industries, daily exposure to fumes or dust inevitably leads to respiratory problems and severe issues surrounding the lungs. Even basic tasks in a number of industries can expose workers to toxic substances. ...
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  • Fatal Accident Occurs at ExxonMobil Construction Project Site

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Nov-2014

    On Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:40 p.m., a fatal incident occurred at an Olefins Plant in Baytown, TX. The contractor was employed by Group and was working at an ExxonMobil construction project site. Emergency crews were called out to help the man, but he was later pronounced dead. ExxonMobil said the following in a statement that they released: "We are greatly saddened by this and ...
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  • How Heavy Is Too Heavy to Lift Safely?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Nov-2014

    Lifting bulky and heavy objects is a daily occurrence in many occupations. For those in industries such as warehousing, manufacturing, and other fields, the toll of consistently lifting objects can cause serious health issues. Employers are encouraged to properly train employees in safe practices that can be used to reduce the strain on areas such as the lower back and to provide the proper ...
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  • Most Hazardous Types of Machinery

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Nov-2014

    Nearly every industry uses some type of machinery to complete necessary tasks every day. These machines and equipment are vital to performing work efficiently and quickly. However, many work-related injuries arise from the use of machines, and some machinery is especially dangerous for workers. Employers must ensure that all workplace equipment is safe and in good working order. As gears turn, ...
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  • La Porte Chemical Leak Leaves Four Workers Dead

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Nov-2014

    On Saturday morning, a chemical leak at an industrial plant in La Porte resulted in the death of four industrial workers and non-fatal injuries to one more. According to the most recent reports, the plant began to leak a chemical (methyl mercaptan) at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday. It continued to leak for the next two hours until it was officially contained by 6 a.m. The hazardous chemical, ...
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  • What Accidents Can Occur at a Refinery or Plant?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Nov-2014

    Plants and refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work. There are several types of plants, including power plants, chemical plants, and oil refineries. While each type of plant is dangerous, they all present their own specific risks and hazards that workers must be aware of and protect themselves against. Below are some of the most common types of accidents that occur at plants and ...
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  • What an Amputation Means for a Worker's Future

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Nov-2014

    Accidents can happen to even the most careful employees, and some incidents can lead to severe injuries. Extreme circumstances may call for a worker's limb to be amputated, which will be life-changing in many ways. All kinds of workers can be injured in serious accidents, but some of the more dangerous careers include: Construction Oil and Gas Mining Warehouse Offshore In any of these ...
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  • Dangerous Chemicals in the Workplace

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Nov-2014

    Chemicals are necessary for many industrial jobs and can even make some tasks much easier. However, many of these chemicals can be hazardous if they are touched or inhaled, causing both short- and long-term damage to workers who are exposed to them. Even basic cleaning solutions can be harmful if workers do not take proper precautions against exposure to them. Jobs requiring contact with dangerous ...
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  • Dangers Faced by Livestock Industry Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Oct-2014

    Working with livestock may sound like a low-risk industry, but there are many ways that a worker can be injured while dealing with animals. Raising, transporting, and preparing livestock includes many steps involving thousands of workers performing different tasks, many of which involve heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals that can lead to serious injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor ...
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  • Does Every Industrial Job Require Safety Training?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Oct-2014

    From machinery to fumes, every industrial job comes with some kind of hazard for workers. Industrial workers perform essential tasks for society through constructing buildings, manufacturing items, and many other roles, but they face a higher risk of injuries than most other fields. Accidents can occur in any situation; however, to reduce the risk of harm, there are steps that workers can take to ...
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  • Top Hazards for Steelworkers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Oct-2014

    Steelworkers, along with ironworkers, provide an essential role in our society by constructing frameworks for many buildings, along with other metal products. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 58,000 structural iron and steelworkers in the U.S. in 2012 in an industry that's quickly growing. However, these workers face many dangers while on the job, and the rate of injuries ...
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  • Jobs at Risk for Flying Debris Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Sep-2014

    When high-powered machinery is used to cut, break up, or dismantle materials, pieces of debris are often flung in the air at dangerous speeds. When using a saw, drill, or wood chipper, even a small piece of debris could cause serious harm. The jobs particularly at risk for dangerous debris include construction, mining, and logging. Injuries from Flying Debris in the Workplace Flying ...
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  • Eye Injuries in the Workplace

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 25-Sep-2014

    According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), around 2,000 workers in the U.S. receive eye injuries each day. The majority of eye injuries are caused by flying debris, including wood chips, sparks, and small particles of metal, with the U.S. Department of Labor estimating that these make up 70% of eye injuries. About 20% of eye damage is caused by contact with ...
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  • Spinal Cord Injuries on the Job and Treatment

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 23-Sep-2014

    A wide range of serious injuries can occur when an accident happens on the job. Spinal cord damage is one of the most serious situations a person can face after a workplace accident, as this can lead to long-term complications ranging from chronic pain to paralysis. Workers can injure their backs in a number of ways, including: Electric shock Falling from a height Lifting heavy objects ...
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  • Louisiana Worker Killed in Chevron Pipeline Blowout

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Sep-2014

    Platform Repairs Lead to Tragic Accident in New Orleans A worker was performing routine maintenance when a deadly accident occurred. The incident took place at a natural gas gathering system off the cost of New Orleans. Chevron believes that the accident was caused by a valve blowout out on the offshore platform. One worker was killed while two others suffered injuries. Chevron stated that they ...
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  • Safety Precautions for Chemical Plants

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 16-Sep-2014

    Recent chemical spills have turned the nation's attention to the safety of chemical plants across the country, and how to ensure that they provide as little risk as possible. On July 7 of this year, a chemical plant in Dalton, a small city north of Atlanta, caused concern in the community after a worker was rushed to the hospital. During an intentional combining of chemicals, fumes from the ...
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  • Texas Still Leads Country in Workplace Deaths

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 12-Sep-2014

    Booming economy tears down workplace protections? OSHA has tightened regulations and rules on reportable injuries this year, which will hopefully lead to a successful decrease in number of workplace injuries and deaths. Though there has been a significant drop in workplace deaths in Texas, the state still leads the country in fatalities. Why has Texas led the nation in workplace deaths for 7 of ...
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  • Hand Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Sep-2014

    For every person, the hands are an essential part of everyday life. From driving and cooking to shaking hands or opening doors, our hands let us perform everyday tasks with ease, and we may not appreciate how much more difficult life would be without them. For workers whose hands have been injured on the job, life holds a host of new difficulties and frustrations. Unfortunately, hand injuries ...
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