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Port Neches — 3 Workers Injured, Several Homes Damaged After Plant Explosion

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Williams Hart   

Three workers were injured and several homes were damaged after a plant explosion occurred in Port Neches, Texas during the early hours of Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

According to initial reports, a blast occurred just after 1 a.m. at the TPC Group refinery, and it ignited the blaze, which moved rapidly throughout the plant. The fire was still raging in the afternoon, with an explosion heard at about 2 p.m. The explosion blew out windows on homes several miles away.

Neighbors within a half-mile of the plant were evacuated following the initial explosion, but after the afternoon explosion, the entire populations of Port Neches and the neighboring city of Groves were ordered to evacuate.

Three workers at the site were injured. One of them was airlifted to Houston with serious burns while the second worker was treated for a broken arm and the third had unspecified injuries.

All three injured workers had been treated and released.

The accident still remains under investigation.

It is unfortunate to hear about the explosion in Port Neches. Alas, this is not the first time that an industrial fire accident occurred. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happens each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.

Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Refinery Plant Explosion in Port Neches Injures Three

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 9:39 am by Williams Hart   

(PORT NECHES, TX) – Authorities at The Nederland Fire Department have reported that an explosion at a refinery plant early Wednesday sent two employees and a contractor to the Medical Center and to Memorial Hermann Hospitals in Houston with injuries. The explosion occurred at around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday at a TPC plant located off Highway 366 near Merriman at 2102 TX-136 Spur.

The injured workers are being treated, and all workers at the plant have been accounted for. The cause of the incident and the extent of the damage has not been fully assessed at this time, but preliminary reports say that homes located ten miles away from the plant had windows blown out from the blast.

The explosion accident attorneys of Williams Hart are monitoring this story for developments and will update this blog with further details when they become available. Our thoughts are with the injured workers and their families at this time.

You can also follow this story at ABC13.

 

 


Midland, TX — Employee Critically Injured in Fire at Texas Oilfield Site

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 12:48 pm by Williams Hart   

Officials are reporting that on Thursday, November 21st, one person sustained serious injuries in an explosion and fire that occurred at Oasis Transportation and Marketing Corp., an oilfield operations distributor located in Midland, TX. Several storage tanks and a hot oiler truck were engulfed in flames. 

29-year-old Esteban Sanchez was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital in critical condition. No details have been provided on the nature of his injuries. 

Businesses and homes within a half-mile of the fire were evacuated. The Commission on Environmental Quality are monitoring air quality in the region to detect potentially hazardous chemicals, coordinate any clean up needed, and will investigate whether any regulatory violations occurred in connection with the fire.

 

 

While the oil and natural gas industries in Texas do provide workers with steady and well-paying employment, there is significant risk involved in the day-to-day working conditions of work sites. In fact, from 2008 through 2017, 1,566 workers perished trying to extra oil and gas in America (texastribune.org). Further, the number of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry increased by 27.6% from 2003-2013. 

Causes of Oilfield Accidents

  • Inclement weather
  • Long shifts
  • Heavy machinery
  • Equipment failure
  • Fires and explosions
  • Failure to follow safety protocols
  • Careless or reckless behavior by workers
  • Poor communication on the rig

Types of Accidents

  • Explosions
  • Drilling/Fracking blowouts
  • Burns
  • Exposure to Toxins
  • Defective Machinery
  • Falls

What Should You Do After an Accident? 

Your first priority in an oil field accident is to seek medical attention. This is important for your health as well as creating a record for a possible claim. You also may be required to formally report the incident to your employer.

After the situation stabilizes, it is important to discuss your situation with a lawyer without delay because you need to decide very quickly whether it is in your best interest to file a personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim.

Not all employers in Texas carry workers’ compensation insurance. Moreover, other entities such as subcontractors or manufacturers may share liability for an oil field accident. An oil field lawyer can assist you in sorting out which avenue or avenues that you can legally pursue for compensation.

How We Can Help

Because of the large corporate interests involved and the challenges of pursuing claims for oilfield accidents, it is vital to hire a legal team with specific experience helping people hold these powerful companies accountable for the harm they cause. We have successfully fought for our clients against large corporations responsible for preventable oilfield accident injuries. 

Our team has prevailed in legal action against massive corporations who have routinely put profits over the health and safety of individuals like you, and we can do the same for you. We have the resources, skills, and experience necessary to take on these corporate interests and their aggressive defense teams, and we won’t rest until we get justice for you. 

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Crockett, California — Fuel Storage Facility Explodes, Possibly Caused by Earthquake

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by Williams Hart   

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, a fuel storage facility in Crockett, California exploded, causing a fire and trapping thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air.

According to initial reports, an earthquake struck about 15 miles southeast from the NuStar Energy fuel storage facility in the Bay Area community of Crockett 15 hours before the Tuesday fire that consumed thousands of gallons of fuel. Aftershocks in the same area were still being felt Wednesday, including one with a 3.4 magnitude.

The fire was ongoing for about seven hours, and about 200 firefighters had difficulty trying to battle the blaze. In fact, one firefighter was injured in the process and was brought to the hospital for treatment.

Additionally, a column of thick black smoke could be seen for miles, and so the Contra Costa County public health officials ordered the people in Crockett, neighboring Rodeo and part of Hercules to stay inside with fans and air conditioners off and to seal their windows and doors with tape or wet towels. The concern was that hazardous particulates might be spewing from the fire.

County health officials late Tuesday lifted a shelter in place order affecting about 12,000 people. But at least four schools in the area closed on Wednesday as a precaution.

The fire badly damaged and destroyed two tanks that contained about 250,000 gallons of ethanol, which is a gasoline additive. The facility also stores gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels, according to NuStar Energy LP.

The accident still remains under investigation. As of right now, authorities believe that the earthquake may have caused the explosion in the first place.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the fuel storage facility. Alas, this is not the first time that it happens. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happens each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.

Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Pasadena — Fire Breaks Out at Celanese Chemical Plant on Bayport Boulevard

Posted on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at 8:11 pm by Williams Hart   

Around noon on Saturday, September 21, 2019, a fire occurred at a chemical plant that is located in Pasadena, Texas.

According to initial reports, an explosion and fire erupted in the carbon monoxide unit at the Celanese Chemical Clear Lake acetyls facility, located on Bayport Boulevard. No individuals were injured during the explosion and subsequent fire, but the cause of the accident is still unknown.

The fire still remains under investigation.

It is great to hear that no one was injured in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happens each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.

Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Kirbyville — 4 People Injured in Oil Rig Explosion on County Road 607

Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Williams Hart   

At around 10:40 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019, four people were injured in an oil rig explosion that occurred in Jasper County, Texas.

According to initial reports, the explosion occurred at an oil rig owned by Jeffcoat Production, located somewhere along County Road 607 between Buna and Kirbyville. This oil rig operates at a depth of more than 9,000 feet.

A total of four people were injured in this accident, with three of them considered to be severely burned.

The cause of the accident is still unknown. Another worker claimed at the scene that the pump on the oil rig malfunctioned, thus causing it to explode.

The accident still remains under investigation.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this explosion. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happens each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.

Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Breaking News: ExxonMobil Petrochemical Plant Explosion & Fire in Baytown, Texas Injures Workers

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 12:48 pm by Williams Hart   

Williams Hart Personal Injury Accident Lawyers are ready to help file your Workplace Burn Injury Claim.

Update: 37 Workers Burned in Accident, 66 Total Medically Evaluated

 

Emergency crews are responding to a fire at the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex at 3525 Decker Drive. Currently, a shelter-in-place has been issued for areas in Baytown west of the petrochemical and refinery complex and south of Spur 330. This facility lies on the east side of Houston in the heart of the Texas chemical industry.

“ExxonMobil reported that 66 employees/contractors have gone to the Houston Area Safety Council, for medical evaluation.”  

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil stated that “37 people sustained non-life threatening injuries”. 

Local news is reporting that workers employed on site did sustain burn injuries from the fire.

Live, local video images from television stations show flames shooting several stories into the sky from pipes inside the plant, and many residents reported that their house and windows shook from the initial explosion.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is en route to the scene.

Harris County has begun monitoring Environmental Air Quality and you can see their interactive map here.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed. Initial reports indicate that the Chemical Plant processed polypropylene, a thermoplastic which are highly flammable and pose a serious risk to the health and safety of employees at the facility in the event of ignition. 

The shelter-in-place has impacted several schools in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, according to the Houston Chronicle. Those schools include:

  • San Jacinto Elementary
  • Travis Elementary
  • Baytown Junior High
  • Robert E. Lee High School
  • Goose Creek Service Center,
  • Peter E. Hyland
  • IMPACT ECHS

 Families have been advised not to try to pick up their students.

 

 

The City of Baytown has stated that the fire is in a unit that contains propylene, which is an extremely flammable gas. This material is easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames and can quickly lead to an explosion.

When it comes to hazardous chemical exposure, propylene vapors can cause dizziness or asphyxiation without warning. Such contact with this form of gas can also lead to burns and other severe injuries.

Exxon Mobil crews are battling the fire, according to the most recent reports, but the city’s fire department is on standby to assist, according to Natalie Barrett, the spokesperson for the city of Baytown.

ExxonMobil released the following statement about the fire: 

A fire has occurred at the Baytown Olefins Plant. Our fire teams are working to extinguish the fire. We are conducting personnel accounting. Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the surrounding community. As a precaution, our Industrial Hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the site and fence line. We are cooperating with regulatory agencies. We deeply regret any disruption or inconvenience that this incident may have caused the community.

According to the Houston Business Journal Exxon Mobil Chemical Co. is the “Third Largest Houston-area Petrochemical & Chemical Company” with net sales of $28.69 Billion USD.

Founded 100 years ago in 1919, the Baytown complex is one of the largest ethylene plants in the world, boasting nearly 584,000 barrels of crude oil produced a day. It is also the second ExxonMobil location at which an explosion has occurred in the Houston area within the last few months.

The energy production workforce is no stranger to deadly explosions, with more than two dozen oil refinery disasters occurring in the last 50 years. For more info about Refinery Plant Safety you can get more info from Energy API here , and OSHA.gov here .

Occupational injuries and fatalities in the Chemical and  oil & gas production industry are typically caused by the following: 

  • Human error and or poorly trained staff
  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Improperly stored end-products
  • Improperly maintained complex facilities

We are carefully following this story along with everyone in the community, and we will continue providing updates as they become available. You can also follow this developing story online at the Houston Chronicle’s website, KHOU online, and others.

Williams Hart has a long history of representing individuals injured in plant explosions such as the ones in Geismar, LA and Texas City. In situations like these, it is best to turn to an experienced firm to help you understand all of your options. If you have been seriously burned or injured, our Chemical Plant Fire Attorneys are ready to help you in the aftermath of this Baytown ExxonMobil Chemical Fire and Explosion.

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If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

Williams Hart Lawyers would like to fight for you to get the Maximum Compensation that you deserve after suffering your burn injury.


10 Most Dangerous Occupations in Texas – You May be Surprised

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 9:03 am by Williams Hart   

Slips and falls, faulty electrical lines, poorly maintained machinery, lack of safety equipment, heavy objects striking out of nowhere–all are familiar hazards in the American workplace. Unfortunately, they are the cause of workplace fatalities that happen every single day.

A 2018 study led by Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics for the National Safety Council, suggests that occupations with the highest fatality rates have one of three things in common: they involve working from dangerous heights, frequent contact with dangerous machinery, or driving for substantial periods.

But which professions are statistically the most dangerous? The answer may surprise you. 

In Texas, it is typically assumed that construction work or oil and gas extraction are the most dangerous industries. While many of the listed professions below are in many ways related to those industries, it is important to take a closer look at the numbers.

The following list of the most dangerous occupations in Texas was determined by examining the fatal injury rates in 2017 for 72 occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and narrowing it down to the top 10 according to industry by state.

  1. Commercial fishermen

Fatal injuries in 2017: 100.0 fatalities per 100,000 workers

Topping the list, perhaps unexpectedly, commercial fishing is a highly physical industry involving slippery decks and heavy equipment in often remote areas where access to medical care is limited.

2. Loggers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 87.3 per 100,000 workers

Second on the list, the logging industry is also physically demanding labor–primarily outdoors and in remote areas of East Texas. Fatalities are most commonly caused by contact with an object (falling branches or logs) and dangerous machinery.

3. Pilots and flight engineers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 51.3 per 100,000 workers

In an industry characterized by mental stress and demanding scheduling, aircraft pilots and flight engineers are especially subjected to transportation accidents caused primarily by exhaustion.

4. Roofers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 45.2 per 100,000 workers

Scaffolds, ladders, and roofs create hazardous worksites for roofing professionals. Additionally, roofers are also at-risk for heat related illnesses caused by unfavorable working conditions in the hot sun.

5. Recyclable material collectors

Fatal injuries in 2017: 34.9 per 100,000 workers

Most recyclable material collectors operate in a moving vehicle during a normal workday, thus the vast majority of reported fatalities are caused by transportation incidences, including auto accidents. They may also be exposed to chemical pollutants.

6. Iron and steel workers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 33.3 per 100,000 workers

The installation and repair of iron on buildings, bridges, and roads often require iron and steel workers to perform job functions at significant heights. Falls, slips, and trips are the most common causes of fatalities in this industry.

7. Truck drivers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 26.9 per 100,000 workers

Spending much of their time on the road, truck drivers are possibly at the highest risk to transportation incidents such as motor vehicle accidents. They are also at risk of sustaining injuries from moving or living heavy objects.

8. Agricultural professionals

Fatal injuries in 2017: 24.0 per 100,000 workers

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are at risk of fatal injuries involving motorized vehicles (tractors), tools, and farm machinery. Unlike the majority of dangerous occupations, the majority of reported injuries resulted in death at 58.9%

9. Groundskeepers and landscapers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 21.0 per 100,000 workers

Grounds maintenance work is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in America because it frequently requires the use of powerful machinery such as chainsaws, lawnmowers, and tractors. Unintended contact with dangerous machinery is the most common cause of death in this industry. 

10. Electrical powerline installers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 18.6 per 100,000 workers

The installation and maintenance of high voltage power lines at great heights make live wires and risk of falling the most common causes of fatal injuries in this industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the above occupations are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related wrongful death cases and can help you get the justice that your family and loved-one deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Spring, TX — Refrigeration Technician Loses Leg After Explosion at Randall’s Supermarket

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 7:59 am by Williams Hart   

Officials are reporting that a refrigeration technician at a Randall’s supermarket, located on the 2200 block of Buckthorne Place, sustained critical injuries after a commercial refrigeration system exploded on the afternoon of Friday, June 21st.  

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s office says Steve Scheaffer, 53,  was performing maintenance on a refrigeration line on the second floor of the North Houston supermarket when it ruptured and the force of the blast blew out his knee. He was taken to a nearby hospital for an emergency surgery to amputate his leg from the knee down. 

Employees of the Randall’s location state that they heard a loud explosion and were quickly evacuated. The building sustained minimal damage itself. 

Commercial refrigeration specialists are exposed to numerous safety hazards, just as in any other industrial profession. 

Technicians must carefully adhere to safety precautions and be aware of the following causes for injury:

  • Interior capacity/overfilling the unit
  • Incorrect unit size 
  • Faulty installation
  • Obstructed fans
  • Lack of leak detection and repair
  • Faulty wiring 

It’s also important to note that no employee other than the technician should ever attempt to repair the unit themselves. Technicians typically keep a maintenance log of the unit and any unknown disruptions could, especially in this case, cause serious injury when performing regular maintenance. 

Occupational injuries and even fatalities caused by commercial refrigeration systems are especially probable when safety precautions are ignored or a non-professional attempts to repair the unit.  Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Philadelphia Refinery Fire: Another Threat to Energy Production Workforce

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:33 pm by Williams Hart   

A massive fire broke out at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery at 3100 Passyunk Avenue shortly after 4:00 AM on Friday morning, reports say. Followed by a series of explosions, the eruption could be felt as far as South New Jersey.

The incident took place just two weeks after another small fire broke out at the same refinery, officials say. The complex is the largest on the eastern seaboard, employing more than 1,000 people and refining more than 355,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Top Philadelphia fire officials stated that a vat of butane had ignited and eventually exploded. The fire worked its way along a maze of pipes carrying fuel across the complex. Large pieces of debris were scattered across the surrounding areas, destroying traffic lights and pelting the roadways. 

Fortunately, employees who were on the site when the explosion occurred were far enough away to escape without harm. Four refinery staff members sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. 

While the explosion did not result in any serious injuries or fatalities, this does not rule out the possibility of long term health hazards. Industry experts say individuals in the surrounding areas could be exposed to long term respiratory or vision issues. 

The energy production workforce is no stranger to deadly explosions, with more than two dozen oil refinery disasters occurring in the last 50 years.

Occupational injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas production industry are typically caused by the following: 

  • Human error/poorly trained staff
  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Improperly stored end-products
  • Improperly maintained complex facilities

Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in oil and natural gas injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve. 

If you or someone you love is seriously hurt or fatally injured on duty or in the surrounding area of an oil refinery, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience assisting families dealing with the aftermath of a work-related injury or fatality. Please do not hesitate to contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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