New federal regulations require truckers to use electronic logging systems in their vehicles to make sure that their location, speed and driving data are known at all times. Earlier this month, truckers protested the safety regulations, saying that the monitoring devices would inhibit their freedom as truckers and make their jobs more difficult.
Offshore drilling becomes more important as reserves of oil on shore shrink and get depleted. Oil is a finite resource, after all, so the industry has to shift and look for new and larger reserves to keep up with demand.
Working in the field, it's hard to imagine a day where there isn't a hazard around you. Normally, it's safe, but today was different. You attempted to drive machinery down the usual track, but the recent dry weather resulted in the earth crumbling beneath the weight of the machine. You hit your head, but nothing has been right ever since.
Working in the oil industry, there are always dangerous materials that need to be transported. As a loved one of someone killed while transporting these hazardous chemicals, you know the true dangers involved. Since your loved one was killed on the job, you have the right to a workers' compensation claim, which can help cover expenses and financial losses.
San Antonio is a great place to raise a family, especially if you work in the industrial field. One problem with the area is the high risk of accidents with trucks and commercial vehicles due to the amount of industry in the city and surrounding areas.
Most Texas oil field workers know that their job involves some serious dangers. As such, they take precautions to keep themselves and their coworkers safe. However, a recent article reveals that many Texas oil field workers are using drugs. For example, one worker admitted to taking $200 worth of cocaine per day so he could stay awake while hauling sand and water across a West Texas oil field.
Large trucks are a familiar site around San Antonio, bringing goods to the surrounding area or, in many cases, transporting materials and equipment related to neighboring offshore drilling operations.
It's the kind of worst-case scenario no one wants to consider. After months or years of leaving for work every morning, one day your loved one doesn't come back home. Many times, when someone dies at work, it's because they worked in a high risk industry, like professional driving, construction or one of many positions on an oil rig. Other times, an accident with machinery or an equipment failure could result in fatalities at even the safest of manufacturing or even retail jobs. Whatever the cause of death, it is still traumatic to lose someone you love due to a workplace incident.