The oil and gas industry continues to boom in New Mexico, and many people go to work and expose themselves to various types of oil and gas rig accidents on a daily basis. Tragic injuries can happen in many ways, and one serious type of accident occurs when equipment on the rig is not properly secured.
workers' compensation Archives
Can undocumented workers receive workers' compensation benefits?
While hiring undocumented workers may not been lawful under existing federal law, many employers turn a blind eye when they desperately need help. Because hiring undocumented workers is illegal in this country, you may think that you'd be ineligible to file a claim to receive workers' compensation benefits if you were hurt on the job.
Protecting America's Workers Act to penalize negligent employers
United States senators in Washington D.C. have their sights set on getting the Protecting America's Workers Act passed this current session.
Mental health concerns increase women's workplace injury risk
A recent study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine on Feb. 12, suggests that women with fatigue, anxiety or depression are at higher risk of suffering injuries on the job than their male counterparts.
Being overworked may make you sick or leave you with injuries
United States Department of Labor (DOL) data shows that those who work irregular, extended, or long shifts may be particularly vulnerable to worker fatigue. Among the different types of workers that appear to be most impacted by fatigue in the workplace, the DOL points to those working in the transportation, hospitality and medical fields.
Which type of worker is most apt to get injured on the job?
A recent Department of Labor report suggests that just last year, at least three million Americans either had to miss work or had their jobs downgraded because they suffered an injury or illness while working.
3 Los Alamos workers are exposed to a radioactive material
Three Los Alamos National Laboratory workers were reportedly exposed to high levels of an undisclosed radioactive material while working in one of the laboratories at the facility on Saturday, Sept. 23. The wing of the facility where the after-hours incident occurred is known to handle plutonium, some of which is used to craft portions of nuclear bombs.
What are some of the more common types of workplace injuries?
Although it sounds a bit cliche when you hear it, it truly does take a village to get certain things done in the world. That even applies to keeping workers safe on the job.
A teen shoots and kills 2 employees, injures 4 at Clovis library
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with shooting two and seriously injuring at least four others on Monday, August 28, at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Among those killed were two library employees, a 48-year-old children's librarian and a 61-year-old circulation assistant. Those injured include a 10-year-old boy and his sister, 20; a 53-year-old man and another library employee, 30.
Los Alamos worker suffers severe burns in lab fire
New evidence has emerged in the investigation into the explosion that occurred at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Santa Fe on April 19.
Types of injuries covered by workers' compensation insurance
In order to remain in compliance with New Mexico state law, most every employer is required to take out workers' compensation insurance. This type of liability insurance covers costs associated with worker injuries to include medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.