According to a preliminary report from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the explosion occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 29 at a pair of oil wells off County Road 127 near Deanville in Burleson County. Workers were upgrading a wellhead when an unexpected amount of natural gas entered the 8,500-foot-deep well and ignited.
Two National Grid Utility contract employees were injured recently when a gas line exploded on Bay Ridge Parkway near 19th Ave. in Bensonhurst. The accident happened just before 10 a.m. when the workers were in an underground hole checking for a leak. The conflagration forced them back to street level, both suffering severe burns.
One of the most frustrating events that can happen to any employee is being injured on the job. We rely on the income to support our family and we work hard to show up for our employer. To be injured means losing income and then having to work our way through a difficult workers’ compensation system to get ourselves back on the job.
And that has been the subject of a lot of scrutiny. How does the workers’ compensation system perform for the people on both sides of the issue: those injured and their employers?
According to the Haines City Police Department, the collapse occurred just after 10 a.m. on January 17 at the site of a retail center near the intersection of Davenport Boulevard and U.S. 27. The construction worker who was killed was identified as 49-year-old Martin Loera of Bartow.
A new state study conducted in Richmond, Virginia, found that the state’s workers’ compensation system unfairly blocks firefighters and public safety employees from receiving the health benefits they deserve for the diseases and injuries they suffer because of their jobs.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) recommended the state consider changing the law to add two forms of cancer—brain and testicular cancer—to its list of diseases presumed to have been caused by chemicals firefighters are exposed to when fighting fires. The report also recommends the addition of colon cancer, even though current studies are less conclusive on its link to work-related exposure.