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The Dallas Examiner | 6/30/2014, 11:53 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has expanded its Lubbock office at 1205 Texas Ave.
Lubbock’s population is expected to double by 2020 due to the increase in oil and gas exploration, drilling and servicing, and the discovery of lucrative gas shale in the Permian Basin and other areas. Population trends and an extensive workload have prompted OSHA to elevate its Lubbock location from a district office under the El Paso office, to an area office that will better serve workers and employers in Northwestern Texas.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA’s role is to promote safe and healthy working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education.
In 2013, 22 Texas workers lost their lives in the oil and gas industry; seven were in Lubbock’s jurisdiction.
The change will include an increase in staff who will address the safety and health of high-risk construction workers.
“Our Lubbock Area Office will serve 70 northwestern Texas counties with a population of more than 1.1 million people and cities, such as Amarillo, Abilene, Midland-Odessa and Lubbock,” said John Hermanson, OSHA’s regional administrator in Dallas.
For more information, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger, call 806-472-7681 or toll-free at 800-321-OSHA (6742). For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.