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In Texas, a company has a duty to use ordinary care to prevent foreseeable injury. The company should use ordinary care to protect employees and independent contractors from work-related hazards when the company retains some control over the details of carrying out that work.
As such, a company owes a duty of ordinary care to ensure that safety rules and regulations made and enforced by the company are reasonably safe and do not increase the probability or severity of injury to an independent contractor or employee.
For example, this comes up when real-estate development companies hire out their electrical, masonry, carpentry, etc. They hire independent contractors and forget they cannot fully delegate the duties mentioned above solely on the independent contractor. This problem threatens the safe working environment needed to ensure good workmanlike service.
OSHA requires employers to report all severe work-related injuries, defined as an amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye. The requirement began on January 1, 2015.
Oil field injuries account for the most severe injuries in the U.S. according to OSHA. Here is a closer look at some common accidents: