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Oilfield workers must protect their hands from injury

An oilfield worker’s job depends on their ability to use their hands. Any sort of hand injury could result in a worker having to miss valuable time from the job. An extremely serious hand injury could permanently prevent an oilfield worker from being able to work at all. 

Journal reports that dog bites on the hand can cause big problems

We are all aware that a vicious bite from a dog can cause a serious injury. When a dog attacks, the victim can be left with deep puncture wounds and even tears in the flesh that obviously require treatment. But what can be less apparent is the damage done by a small bite on the hand.

It is not unusual for a dog to give a human a quick nip on the hand. Sometimes such a bite is done in the course of play and was not intended in an aggressive way. Therefore, it can be easy to overlook what may develop into a serious injury. The fact is that emergency departments see approximately 300,000 dog bite cases annually.

Which occupations produce the most fatalities in Texas?

Given that 2014 has only just ended, statistics for fatal occupational injuries for the year have not yet been released. However, statistics for the year 2013 were released in October of last year. In this post, we will look at some of the work-related fatality trends that took place in Texas between the years 2012 and 2013.

The information used for this post comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Female pedestrian injured by hit-and-run driver

Common sense would dictate that a driver who strikes a pedestrian should stop and remain at the scene to help the injured party. But as hard as it may be to believe, there are people who will not take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.

In El Paso, police are asking the public to help them track down a hit-and-run driver. The driver reportedly struck and seriously injured a female pedestrian. Witnesses say the vehicle in question was a dark brown or gray SUV.

According to investigators, the woman was crossing an intersection while walking her dog. She was struck and knocked to the ground by the vehicle. It is said that the car also ran over the woman's foot. Sadly, the dog was killed in the accident.

Drug companies must make testing a priority over marketing

At times, it can seem like we are awash in advertising for all manner of pills, creams, ointments and other assorted forms of medicine. The messages that take up so much time during commercial breaks on television and radio describe the amazing healing powers that these wonder drugs possess.

Given how expensive broadcast advertising time can be, it is safe to assume that sales of these products can prove quite lucrative for the companies that manufacture and distribute them. It would also appear that these companies have invested heavily in attempting to get their drugs into as many households as possible.

How should oil companies help prevent employee falls?

Oilfield work can offer good wages. Those who chose to make a career of helping extract crude from the ground can earn a healthy living. But, this type of work also has its hazards. For example, it is not unusual for workers to have to fulfill their tasks while on ladders, platforms or scaffoldings. A worker could easily suffer a catastrophic injury should they slip and fall from their elevated workstation.

So what kind of safeguards can be put in place to help keep workers from falling and being hurt?

Girl suffers serious dog bite injury in Texas

It is not uncommon for a neighborhood to have a dog owner who acts totally oblivious to their pet's behavior. Their dogs are often allowed to run loose and bother the neighbors with impunity. Random encounters with such an animal can be dangerous and terrifying. Children are especially vulnerable should such a dog choose to attack.

This problem can be extremely vexing due to the one-bite rule, which we previously covered on this blog. In Texas, eligibility for compensation in the event of a dog bite depends on whether it can be proven that the dog had previously engaged in harmful or threatening behavior.

OSHA revises rules regarding reporting of workplace injuries

When an employee is on a job site, it is reasonable for them to expect that their employer has taken every required precaution to ensure their safety. Companies should adhere to all mandated requirements so as to help workers perform their daily job duties without suffering injuries.

However, should misfortune strike and an employee does suffer a catastrophic injury that results in serious harm or death, then the employer should report the incident to the appropriate authorities. Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new rule revisions regarding the notification to the administration of certain types of serious injuries.

Testosterone therapy may be a trap

Due to aggressive marketing strategies employed by pharmaceutical companies, many men have been pitched the idea that they may reap benefits from undergoing testosterone therapy. The advertising entices interest by asking men if they feel tired. While fatigue may be a symptom for which there is legitimate reason to seek medical treatment, the use of testosterone products may not be the best remedy.

According to a urologist at a Harvard-affiliated hospital, simply feeling tired is not sufficient reason to issue a man a testosterone prescription. The urologist says that lab tests are required to determine if a man has low testosterone levels and that usually their levels test out as normal. He also says that if a man starts the treatment, it may be difficult to stop because his body will stop producing testosterone. Ceasing treatment can cause issues as the body recovers its ability to produce the hormone.

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