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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.


3 Injured In Massive Explosion at Texas Chemical Plant

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 9:22 am by Williams Hart   

PORT NECHES, TX — Officials are reporting that around 1AM on Wednesday, November 27th, an explosion rocked the TPC Group Plant, a chemical manufacturing plant located about 90 miles east of Houston. The explosion caused extensive damage throughout the city, and a resulting fire continues to burn at the site.  

Three employees were injured and transported to the Medical Center and Memorial Hermann in Houston for treatment. Fortunately, no one was killed and all other personnel have been evacuated and accounted for. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We wish a speedy recovery to all who sustained injuries.

TPC Group has activated its Emergency Response Plan and the incident was immediately reported to the appropriate local, state, and federal authorities. 

As of 7AM, safety responders are still working to control the fire. 

While the cause of the explosion remains unknown, a full and thorough investigation is underway. Air monitoring is being conducted along the fence line of the facility and in surrounding neighborhoods. 

Local police are also going door-to-door in surrounding neighborhoods to check for injuries after a secondary explosion caused extensive damage to nearby homes. A mandatory evacuation was issued for homes and businesses within a half-mile of the facility, and a shelter-in-place was ordered for the entire city. 

 

Several residents report feeling their windows shake, and some were able to capture images the moment the fiery blast occurred.

 


While the oil and natural gas industries in Texas provide workers with steady and well-paying employment, there is significant risk involved in the day-to-day working conditions of oil rigs, refineries, and chemical plants. The injuries sustained at sites like TPC Group can have devastating consequences for workers and their families. In addition to immediate physical and emotional suffering of these injuries, victims may further experience prolonged financial damages associated with the recovery process, such as medical expenses and lost wages.

You deserve the precautions and care needed to provide a safe workplace. If these precautions fail or are not properly set in place, workers get injured. Whether your injuries were caused by an equipment malfunction, a process error or any other type of event, you need to be taken care of. Williams Hart recognizes your dedicated service to your company and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

How We Can Help

By hiring an experienced lawyer at Williams Hart, you can rest assured that you have a firm on your side that understands the specifics of the law when it comes to explosion injuries. In addition, we understand the causes of such injuries, which often occur due to the following factors:

  • Inclement weather
  • Long shifts
  • Heavy machinery
  • Equipment failure
  • Failure to follow safety protocols
  • Negligent behavior
  • Poor communication

With the right team on your side, you can focus on what is most important following a serious accident: recovering from your injuries. 

To discuss the particulars of your injury with one of our personal injury lawyers, please call our Houston offices at (713) 352-7071 today.


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.


Panola County, TX — Pipeline Rupture Engulfs Night Sky Near East Texas Airport

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 8:29 am by Williams Hart   

Authorities are reporting that on Wednesday around 10 P.M., a pipeline ruptured just outside of Carthage on Highway 79 near County Road 301. 

According to the sheriff’s office, the pipeline did not explode, but ruptured under back pressure and the gas inside ignited. 

Fortunately, the incident occurred in a remote rural area and far from the nearby Panola County Airport.

Although no local residents were injured after a ball of fire erupted from DCP Midstream transmission line, witnesses reported hearing a strange hissing sound before the ground underneath their homes shook, followed by an eerie orange glow seemingly just feet from their windows.

 

More than 50 pipeline accidents have occured in the United States between 1962 and 2018. Thankfully, this one took no casualties. 

Although the number of oil and gas extraction industry injuries has been on the decline in more recent years, this incident a reminder that oil and gas industry employers must continue implementing safety measures such as engineering controls that would further reduce workers’ exposure to potentially fatal hazards.

Occupational injuries in the oil and gas industry are not uncommon, especially in relation to pipeline sites. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in personal injury 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.


Conroe — Explosion at Conroe Chemical Plant Injures 2 Employees

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 7:33 am by Williams Hart   

Two workers were injured after an explosion that occurred at Aegion Coatings Services, a chemical plant facility in Conroe, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, January 24, 2019.

According to Caney Creek Fire Department, the accident occurred at 10625 Jefferson Chemical Road around 1 in the afternoon. Two electricians were working on a high voltage electrical panel when it exploded, thus causing serious burns to both of them. They were both brought to the hospital for burn treatments.

The firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire, and they said that though a lot of dust from the plant blew around, no chemicals were released.

Authorities did not order for an evacuation for the surrounding area, but as a precautionary measure, the other workers in the facility were forced to evacuate.

It is unfortunate to hear of the serious injuries that the two workers sustained from this accident. Alas, this is not the first time that someone has been injured while at work. Even worse, there are actually a lot of workers who died while on the job. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the United States (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers). This can be interpreted as more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.

In addition to this, there were 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2017, with 971 from that number (or 20.7%) being in construction. In other words, one in five worker deaths in 2017 were in construction. The leading causes of private sector deaths in the construction industry — which are referred to as the “Fatal Four” — are falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for about 59.9% of the construction worker deaths in 2017.

Workplace accidents are undeniably terrible for the victims and their respective families. So, if you are a victim of a workplace accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Workplace accident lawyers are always present, and they 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.


Three people injured in Pasadena chemical storage plant explosion

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 9:55 am by Williams Hart   

In the second industrial explosion to take place within a week in Pasadena, TX, three people were injured when an explosion and subsequent fire occurred at a chemical storage plant owned by Schultz Container Systems. The Houston Fire Department responded to the incident and two firefighters, as well as one employee of the plant, sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.

There were approximately 30 employees cleaning containers at the plant when a “flash explosion” of some type of chemical occurred. Firefighters struggled to battle the blaze, as they were unsure of what chemicals were involved in the explosion and following fire. The condition of those injured is not known at this time, and the cause underlying cause of the explosion is still being investigated.


Three employees injured in San Antonio industrial explosion

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 10:28 am by Williams Hart   

Three people were burned when an explosion rocked a cement plant in San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported on February 24.

According to reports from the San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Deborah Foster, the explosion itself happened around 2 p.m. Fire crews responded to the coal mill fire, which occurred at Capitol Aggregates at 11551 Nacogdoches Road, but the flames had already been put out by a carbon dioxide suppressant system.

Reports indicated that three employees suffered facial burns. Although further details about their conditions were not released, there were reports that at least one person was transported to a nearby hospital.

The attorneys of Williams Hart hope for the quick recovery of those injured in this recent explosion. Our Houston legal team knows all too well the prevalence of industrial explosions, and we work to help those who have been injured in accidents like this. To learn more, call our offices at (713) 352-7071 today.

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