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OSHA Initiative Helps Train Oil Exploration Workers in Texas

Many people in Texas work in the oil industry. While many of those people work within the confines of office buildings, others work out in the field at oil production sites. Those who work at these sites are often exposed to serious hazards. If improperly trained or if their employer does not take specific safety measures, these workers can be at serious risk for suffering an injury while on the job.

In order to further protect these individuals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- in conjunction with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network --- is sponsoring training events that will provide valuable safety information to workers in Texas and four other states.

Training events will be held at worksites and will be offered through the end of February. A regional administrator for OSHA in Texas said the workshops are aimed at raising awareness of health and safety hazards in the workplace while training employees how to be safe while working in an often dangerous occupation. In addition, some facilities in Texas have agreed to be inspected by OSHA to ensure they are up to safety standards.

Texans who work in the oil industry often face a greater risk of workplace injury in than other workers in the state. Fortunately, it seems that many companies in the state are taking the safety of their employees seriously and partnering with OSHA to offer safety training to help reduce the risk of injury. However, workplace accidents still occur, so those who are injured on the job may find it beneficial to speak with an experienced attorney who can help advise them of their rights and options.

Source: Occupational Health and Safety, "OSHA and STEPS Promoting Oil Exploration Safety through February," Jan. 27, 2013

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