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Monthly Archives: April 2020

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Increase in Fatal Auto & Truck Accidents Due to Distracted Driving Following Daylight Savings Time

By The West Law Office |

In spite of the fact that there are fewer cars out on the road at the moment due to the coronavirus quarantines, distracted driving is still a serious issue in terms of auto accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 3,000 lives were claimed due to distracted driving alone in 2018,… Read More »

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With Trucker Safety Rules Suspended, Dangerous Behaviors Can Lead to More Accidents

By The West Law Office |

In the wake of the virus outbreak, the U.S. Department of Transportation exempted a number of truck drivers from the hours-of-service rules, which were originally put in place in 1938 in order to decrease fatigued driving that resulted in a number of truck accidents every year, especially in Texas, which regularly experiences a significant… Read More »

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OSHA Issues New Guidance to Employers in Wake of Threats Coronavirus Poses in The Workplace: Are You at Risk of Developing an Occupational Disease?

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As there is more infection and panic surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic each day, crucial questions involving what basic steps employers (and also property owners) need to take in order to ensure that they are not behaving negligently in terms of forcing employees to come into work if they are in imminent danger of… Read More »

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New Reports Reveal Alarming Link Between Suicide in The Workplace & Traumatic Brain Injuries

By The West Law Office |

New reports released by several federal agencies in early March revealed startling new statistics and links between suicide, the workplace, and traumatic brain injuries. Not only is suicide now reportedly the leading cause of death linked to traumatic brain injuries (followed by auto accidents and  falls), but there has been a significant increase in… Read More »

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As More And More Are Injured in The Oil & Gas Industry, Researchers in Texas Work to Decrease Accidents Due to Fatigue

By The West Law Office |

The oil and gas industry employs a lot of people in Texas: The Permian Basin of West Texas alone accounts for more than half of the entire country’s operating drilling rigs, with companies employing more than 170,500 drill and derrick operators and other workers. Unfortunately, those who work in the industry, if fatigued, are… Read More »

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400,000 Troops Suffer Brain Injuries Since Start of Afghan War, Mostly Due to Auto Accidents & Falls

By The West Law Office |

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries have become a serious issue for members of the U.S. military in particular, as experts are finding startling frequencies when it comes to brain injuries and concussions that simply cannot be “brushed off.” Sadly, not only does the true depth of the issue there remain poorly understood, as the military… Read More »

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Three Years Later, Analyses Reveals That More & Older Americans Are Still Dying On the Job

By The West Law Office |

While fatality rates in the workplace have declined for most age groups since 2006, those covering ages 55 or older have grown, and their occupational fatality rate remains much higher than anyone else’s. According to the latest statistics published on the issue, by 2017, fatal occupational injuries incurred by older workers constituted almost 40… Read More »

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