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October 2017 Archives

Defective merchandise can lead to products liability claims

Although authorities work hard to protect consumers in North Dakota and elsewhere from exposure to dangerous and defective products, they are not always able to prevent hazardous merchandise from entering the market before defects are identified. It is not uncommon for products to be recalled after having been available to consumers for several years. A significant number of products liability lawsuits involve injuries suffered during the use of products that are later recalled.

Precautions can prevent oil field workplace accident

The most significant threats on oil and gas fields in North Dakota are explosions and fires. For that reason, compliance with the safety regulations and guidelines as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is vital. The slightest violation of the safety standards can result in a tragic workplace accident. Mass notification systems and fire alarms are essential to warn workers to follow evacuation procedures in emergencies; it might be practical to also send out mass mobile phone messages when emergencies occur.

Workplace accident in oilfield claims life of 1, limb of another

Oilfield workers in North Dakota and other states often put their lives on the line whenever they are on duty. The hazards of their jobs were once again underscored when a workplace accident claimed the life of one worker and a limb of another. This tragedy occurred recently at a drilling site in another state.

Fatal oil field job injury chances 3 times national average

Workers in the oil and gas industry in North Dakota and elsewhere will always face high risks, even though the fatality rate in this industry has decreased significantly over recent years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatal job injury rate was reduced from seven times the national average in 2005 to three times the national average in 2015. However, vehicle accidents, chemical exposure, fires and explosions will continue to threaten the lives of oil field workers.

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