eNewsletter for Mike Love and Associates

Preventing Construction Site Accidents in Texas

Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly confirm what construction workers already know – the construction industry remains one of the more dangerous jobs in the United States. Construction is typically first or second amongst jobs with the most fatal injuries. One out of every ten construction workers will be hurt every year. A recent study by a Texas labor advocacy group found Texas to be the deadliest state for construction workers. It usually leads the nation in all workplace injuries each year, and construction accidents comprise the largest portion of such injuries. In 2009, nearly 500 workers died in Texas, with 133 of those deaths occurring in construction. The study concluded that poor and dangerous working conditions occurred throughout the construction industry in Texas and that the state failed to ensure even basic safety protections. The group found that many workers labored in unsafe conditions, such as working…
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Big Rig Truck Accidents in Texas

Recent big rig truck accidents in Texas demonstrate the dangers these trucks and negligent driver pose to Texas drivers. Last week, on Highway 75, a portion of the northbound lanes narrowed into a single lane. The cars slowed down, but a tractor trailer did not and ended up slamming into one car and then side-swiping another. Due the size and speed of the truck, even after these collisions, it did not slow down. It crossed the median into oncoming traffic before finally coming to a stop in the grass of a travel plaza. Police officers cited the truck driver for failure to control speed. A week earlier, a truck driver hauling gasoline failed to control his vehicle while making a turn. The 18-wheeler was hauling 7,200 gallons of gasoline. When the driver attempted to turn, the weight of the gasoline shifting was too much for him to handle, and the…
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Dealing with Texas Motorcycle Accidents

Unfortunately, hardly a week goes by in Texas without a newspaper story involving a motorcycle accident and serious injury or death. Texas averages around 300 to 500 motorcyclist deaths a year, most of which involve drivers’ not wearing a helmet. The US Department of Transportation estimated that, in Texas, wearing a helmet saves about 100 lives each year and that wearing a helmet could save another 100 if every motorcyclist wore a helmet. A Texas motorcyclist died this week after a collision with a public transit bus. Turning left, the bus failed to yield to the motorcyclist who then ran into the bus. The state trooper reported that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and paramedics pronounced him as dead at the scene. A week prior, another Texas motorcyclist died in a high-speed accident despite wearing a helmet. The young, 21-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle while traveling…
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Dangerous Products and Injuries They Cause

The world’s third largest pharmaceutical company, the United Kingdom’s GlaxoSmithKline, had to pay $750 million in order to settle a lawsuit that an American whistleblower initiated in 2004 regarding the sale of defective drugs. The lawsuit accused Glaxo of selling misidentified drugs. The mix up affected popular prescription drugs like the antidepressant Paxil CR and the diabetes drug Avandamet. In investigating Glaxo, the Department of Justice found serious deficiencies in the quality assurance processes at a plant in Puerto Rico. Mixed up drugs led to misidentifications on the labels. Additionally, some pills split inappropriately, and others lacked an active ingredient. Texas, along with sixteen other states, joined in the original lawsuit out of fears that problems at the plant would harm patients. Fortunately, there are no reports thus far that the problems led to any injuries. The whistleblower who initiated the lawsuit received nearly $100 million of it under a…
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