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Are you aware of inherent risks of petrochemical plants?

Jobs in the petrochemical industry typically pay better than other jobs for those without a college degree or other specialized training. But there is a darker reason for that, as those who work in the industry are exposed to dangers that workers employed in other industries do not face.

Research and analysis done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) indicates that in addition to the very real physiological dangers caused by exposure to environmental hazards of petrochemical plants, there is a psychological component at play as well.

Beware of "Black Wednesday" drivers

When you think of the days of the year when people are more likely to drive after drinking, you probably wouldn't even consider Thanksgiving Eve in your top 10. Regardless, it is a dangerous time to be on the roads.

The night before Thanksgiving is sometimes called "Black Wednesday." It is a night when bars and restaurants that serve alcohol typically are busiest. Here's why.

What is it like to work in the petrochemical industry?

South Louisiana and Southeast Texas are major players in our country's petrochemical industry. In fact, it's likely that you may work there yourself or have close family members and friends who do.

But what is life really like for those who work in this booming energy industry? While these jobs are typically better paying than many, they are not always the easiest to hold.

How maritime law affects compensation for worker injuries at sea

Most workers in the United States are covered by workers' compensation when they are injured at work. This enables them to gain back damages for any expenses associated with their work injury, from medical bills to lost wages. This compensation is generally awarded regardless of the cause of the accident, as long as the worker was engaging in a work-related activity when the injury occurred.

Maritime workers are subject to different laws, however. Maritime law governs how operations are carried out on water, and this affects the rights of river, lake and sea workers. Before 1920, it was not possible for seamen to recover damages if they became injured due to employer or coworker negligence. However, when the Merchant Marine Act, otherwise known as the Jones Act, was passed in 1920, this changed. It allowed seamen to sue their employer for injuries that they suffered while working.

Use your head and be smart about driving safely

Accidents can and do happen out of the blue, but far more often, an accident has been in the making for a while. Consider the person who knows that they are driving around on bald tires but is surprised when the blowout at 70 mph causes a multi-car pile-up.

Yes, it was an accident, but the driver's irresponsibility and disregard for safety were choices that created the conditions that led to the accident. Don't be that guy (or gal). The below tips can help you to prioritize safety when you are driving.

I live in Texas and got in a wreck in Lake Charles. What do I do?

Because there are so many petrochemical plants dotting the landscape along the Louisiana and Texas borders, there are a lot of workers commuting to jobs in one state from the other. That inevitably translates to numerous accidents on the interstates during the commute.

It also raises questions of jurisdiction for some people. After all, if you live in Texas, wouldn't that mean that is the jurisdiction in which to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident?

What are the most common causes for commercial truck wrecks?

Staying safe on the modern roads involves not just committing to sober and attentive driving but also to taking direct steps to mitigate the risks involved with driving. To prevent a collision, you need to understand what primary causes create the risk for that collision.

Given that commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, educating yourself about the causes of trucking crashes can help you stay safer on the road. Once you know what to watch out for, you can identify the commercial vehicles that pose the greatest risks and avoid them while driving.

Make teen drivers aware of "100 deadliest days of summer"

Parents of teen drivers have anxiety as a constant companion whenever their teenagers grab the keys and head out the door. It's hard to let go and let teens drive when a single wrong move could remove them permanently from your life.

Soon, however, those parents may have additional cause for worry, as we are entering a particularly dangerous time for teenage drivers — the 100 deadliest days of summer. This enhanced risk period begins in May on Memorial Day weekend and runs all summer long until it culminates at the end of Labor Day weekend.

2 petrochemical site fires endanger residents

The southeast regions of both Louisiana and Texas share many commonalities, including a plethora of petrochemical plants dotting the horizon. These plants are the lifeblood of their communities, bringing jobs and opportunities to the residents.

But along with the benefits, there are also some adverse consequences of living and working in the shadow of these colossal structures. That was made quite evident recently after a massive fire at a petrochemical storage facility near Houston that first ignited on March 17. And while Texas took the hit this time, similar problems could develop in the future at one of the peterochemical plant operation sites in south Louisiana.

The chemical industry creates a risk of toxic exposure

There are a number of chemical companies in the Lafayette part of Louisiana. They provide stable employment to a significant amount of the local population. They also provide important chemical compounds that other businesses and industries rely on. As an industry, chemical companies offer a net positive to the communities nearby.

While chemical companies certainly benefit both their employees and their customers, they also create some risk for the people who work at their facilities. Even with proper training and adequate safety equipment in place, there is a constant risk for chemical exposure due to a sudden workplace accident.