Workplace Safety in the Tyler Area

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Wednesday, September 21st the Texas Mutual Insurance Company will be hosting a workplace safety summit, Work Safe, Texas. The goal of the summit is to talk to people about improved workplace safety, ultimately helping to reduce the number of work-related injuries and fatalities in East Texas. A significant number of workplace accidents can be prevented by implementing and following strategic and safe work practices. This is the very reason why Texas Mutual created Work Safe, Texas. This session will focus on workplace safety in construction and the oil & gas industry. Martin Walker Law has long been a proponent of increased safety precautions in the oil & gas industry, and that is why we are taking an interest in this safety summit.
The first session will be Wednesday, September 21st from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway. If you are interested in attending, RSVP at Work Safe, Texas no later than Friday, September 16th. For more details on this workplace safety summit, visit Texas Mutual's Safety Issues in the Tyler Area page.


Tough Times for Oilfield Workers

Tough Times for Oilfield Workers

Roughnecks on a drilling rig in Greely, CO use metal tongs weighing hundreds of pounds to make connections between 30’ sections of drill pipe.
Roughnecks on a drilling rig in Greely, CO use metal tongs weighing hundreds of pounds to make connections between 30’ sections of drill pipe.

Times have been tough for the oil industry the last few years. Following the development of new technologies that allowed companies to extract oil from previously unreachable places, the price of that oil has now dropped some 60 – 70%. Suddenly, investments that looked like sure things were leading to massive layoffs and a long string of bankruptcies. In Texas alone, over 84,000 oil workers have lost their jobs since the oil bust in 2015. Additionally, 21 Texas oil companies have filed for bankruptcy in 2016 alone. The number comes to 63 or more since 2015. One can’t help feel for all those that have lost their jobs in the last few years, but there is a second group of oil field workers that we need to be concerned about: The ones still on the job.
As workers get laid off and companies go out of business, those still on the job face the prospects of reduced pay, longer hours, tougher working conditions, and, sometimes, a drive to cut “unnecessary costs” like routine equipment checks or more stringent safety procedures. The problem, of course, is those “unnecessary costs” often are necessary. And when something goes wrong, the company that has already been cutting its costs wherever it can is not usually going to be the first to step up to help.
Unfortunately, all too often, oil companies are set up from the beginning to deflect blame and limit their liability in cases of an accident or mishap. In the worst cases, instead of doing all they can to help, oil companies will try and insulate themselves from blame with teams of lawyers and confusing work agreements. What can an oil field worker, especially one who has already been injured on the job, do against that?
If you’ve been injured as part of an oil field accident, one of the best things you can do is find a law firm in your area who knows the challenges of working in the oil and gas industry. One who will focus on your case and is prepared to take it all the way to trial.
In Tyler Texas, Martin Walker Law is that firm. We have handled numerous oil and gas cases and give each and every case the personalized attention it deserves. If you or a loved one have been injured in an oilfield accident contact us today.


ALERT-Oil Field Service Company Salaried Employees-You May Be Owed Back Pay

ALERT-Oil Field Service Company Salaried Employees-You May Be Owed Back Pay

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Oil field service companies have failed to pay thousands in overtime, bonuses and other benefits to salaried employees. Contact Martin Walker, P.C. to find out if you are owed additional money.
The FLSA requires certain companies to pay time and a half overtime for certain employees. Recently, oil field service companies have been intentionally categorizing employees as salaried in order to avoid paying time and a half for overtime work.
You've worked hard. You deserve to be paid for your time.
At Martin Walker, P.C., we're fighting hard to collect the wrongly withheld wages for employees who have been the victim of creative job-titling at the hands of oil field service company employers. We'd like to get that money back in your pocket, where it belongs.
Contact Martin Walker, P.C. to see if you have a claim call us today 903-202-0886