The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration take the protection of temporary workers very seriously. In 2013, a temp employee suffered a fatal workplace accident at a manufacturing plant. The employee had not been provided proper training by either the plant or the temporary staffing agency.
Crude oil is truly the lubricant that greases the gears of American industry. Texas has a long-established heritage of providing the country with a steady supply of this important commodity. In fact, oil is sometimes humorously referred to as “Texas tea.”
In recent years, the oil industry in South Texas has seen a genuine boom. This boom has created a demand for workers who are willing to put in long, hard hours in return for a good rate of pay. Given how important good workers are for oil companies, one would think that their safety would be of a high priority. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Aging is a constant process and no one yet has figured out a way to slow down the biological clock and allow us to hold on to our strength and vitality forever. Yet to hear some of the claims made by the producers of testosterone therapy products, one would think that they have found a way for men to do just that. But what the makers of these products tend to not highlight in their marketing are the potential hazards of using the various gels and creams they sell.
A study that was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 cautioned of an increased risk of heart attacks in men who undergo testosterone treatment. And while strokes and heart attacks are certainly of primary concern regarding possible side effects, what other negative effects might a testosterone product user be subject to?
Many Texas motorists choose the highway as a way to reach their destinations as quickly as possible. But with so many vehicles sharing the road, drivers must be ready to react to hazards that can present themselves with no warning. Motor vehicle accidents in such conditions can be sudden and have devastating consequences.
Recently, a three-vehicle accident occurred near Lytle and was responsible for shutting down a portion of I-35. Texas DPS reported that a black SUV driven by a 25-year-old woman had a blowout. The northbound SUV skipped over the median and struck a light pole while in the process of entering the southbound lanes.
The Food and Drug Administration applies rigorous standards when testing a drug forpotentialmarketing. Regardless, it is possible that a drug that received approval for sale could present a serious danger to the general public. Once a drug is available to consumers, both the company that markets the drug and the FDA must stay alert so as to respond to any unpredicted issues.
If a defective drug finds its way into the public sphere, it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed in a timely manner so as to limit its potential for causing harm. An over-the-counter or prescription drug that is deemed potentially harmful or defective, may be recalled either by the company that makes it or by the FDA.
People may assume that if they are bitten by a dog in Texas, then holding the animal's owner liable for compensation is a fairly straightforward proposition. Unfortunately, seeking legal retribution for the consequences of dog bites can be more difficult than expected.
In fact, Texas is one of 18 states to have what is known as a one-bite rule. This rule provides that a bite victim may be able to secure compensation from an owner if they can prove the dog has bitten, or behaved as it was going to bite at least one other person. Also, there must be evidence showing the owner as having an awareness of the animal's violent tendencies.
In Texas, many men enjoy leading an active lifestyle. As he gets older, a man may seek to increase his strength and vitality by boosting his testosterone level. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of sources providing testosterone therapy for men who believe they are suffering from a testosterone deficit or what is now commonly referred to as "low-T."
Certainly the companies, which sell the prescription testosterone gels, patches and injections, would like you to believe that the therapy is a safe and effective way to for you to revitalize yourself. But, there is data that should give pause if you have participated in testosterone therapy.
The Texas summer is once again upon us and it brings with it a relentless sun and temperatures that often top the 100 degree mark. When behind the wheel in hot day conditions, we may find ourselves dealing with myriad stress-inducing circumstances that could increase the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents should we not keep our emotions in check.
Should a person allow the frustrations of bad drivers or traffic jams take too heavy a toll on their emotions, they can easily find themselves acting in a dangerously aggressive manner.
As those who live here know, Texas has an abundance of opportunities for hard working individuals to find jobs. In fact, in the last decade, Texas has topped all other states in job creation. This fact comes from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which additionally reports that the statewide bright spot of job creation casts an ominous shadow. Texas is also the frontrunner in the area of worker fatalities.
One job sector that produces a high volume of serious injuries, is the construction industry. Construction work is inherently dangerous, even when properly monitored and regulated. But insufficient official monitoring can create the possibility of companies taking short cuts in maintaining safe working conditions on job sites.
In this blog, we have previously discussed the ever expanding use of a process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which is being employed as a means of extracting oil up from the ground. Fracking has taken hold in Texas and other states throughout the United States. Its implementation has created an abundance of new jobs and put billions of dollars of revenue in local and state coffers.
On the flip-side of this good news are safety concerns regarding the possibility of severe environmental hazards related to fracking. The fear is that oil and gas companies may be responsible for the release of airborne toxins due to the process.