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Injuries from Unsecured Equipment on Oil and Gas Rigs

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.