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San Antonio — 22-Year-Old Man Crushed, Killed in Forklift Accident at True Blue Granite

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 9:47 pm    

A man was killed in a workplace accident that occurred in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, Demonte Fisher, 22, was working late at True Blue Granite located on Binz-Engleman Road. He was operating a forklift when all of a sudden, the forklift flipped over him. One of his co-workers then found him trapped under the machine and attempted to save him. Fisher was then brought to SAMMC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Demonte Fisher. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Nacogdoches — Man Dies in Fatal Tree Trimming Accident on County Road 554

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 8:55 pm    

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, a man was killed in an unfortunate tree-trimming accident that occurred in Nacogdoches, Texas.

According to initial reports, the landowner of a private property in the 300 block of County Road 554 hired a man to cut some trees in the property. However, as a tree was about to be cut down, it fell on the man instead. The man was soon identified as 48-year-old Weston Charles Wheeler by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Weston Charles Wheeler. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Gulf of Mexico — Accident on Shell Offshore Drilling Platform Kills 2

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 1:51 pm    

Representatives of Royal Dutch Shell has reported that around 10 A.M on Sunday, June 30th, two people were killed on the Auger Tension Leg Platform, located approximately 214 miles southwest of New Orleans, while testing mandatory safety equipment. 

Officials stated that a Shell employee and a contractor with Danos Inc., an oilfield services provider, were conducting a routine test of a lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities when they were tragically killed. Another individual sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. No further details on the nature of the accident have been provided.

Our condolences are with the families of all three victims involved during this difficult time. 

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement will be conducting their own investigations. 

Deepwater Death Toll

The incident on the Auger Platform follows two separate offshore platform accidents that occurred on May 29th and June 1st, resulting in the deaths of two employees. 

A major source of oil and natural gas for the United States, the western and central Gulf of Mexico is now home to approximately 175 offshore drilling rigs that produce 1.65 million barrels of oil per day (2017). 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003-2013 the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experience unprecedented growth leading to a doubling of its workforce and an increase in the number of drilling rigs by 71%. The number of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry increased by 27.6%, with a total of 1,189 deaths. 

These tragedies are a reminder that the safety of energy-industry professionals, especially on deepwater platforms, must be carefully regulated and enforced to ensure that all employees will go home to their families at the end of their shift.

The Consequences of Regulatory Safety Rollbacks

This past May, just before the unfortunate deaths of these employees, The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) made public its regulatory safety rollbacks that will dismantle security standards for offshore drilling rig operations that were implemented after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. 

These rule cuts follow the current administration’s plan to vastly expand oil and natural gas drilling off the nation’s gulf coast line. Additionally, the revisions will reportedly save an estimated $1.5 billion over the next 10 years. 

The following list is a comprehensive summary of safety revisions to take effect 60 days after its submission to the Federal Registrar:

  • Reduces testing of blowout preventers–a large, specialized valve used to seal, control and monitor oil and gas wells.
  • Reduces 30-minute safety tests every 14 days, to 5-minute tests every 21 days. 
  • Eliminates a requirement that companies report some of those safety-test results to the Interior Department.
  • Removes a requirement for an Interior Department approved independent expert to verify safety measures and equipment used in offshore drilling operations.
  • Removes a requirement that drilling operators provide real-time data from wells to onshore observers.

While many industry professionals praise the dismantling of these safety precautions, citing that the motion will eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens, others have voiced their concerns that relaxed rules will lead to a surge in workforce injuries.

The Auger Platform accident and those that preceded are yet another warning against these safety regulation reforms, and we cannot allow the families of these victims to be ignored.

Occupational injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas industry are especially probable when safety precautions are overlooked or eliminated from daily operations. 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 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Eagle Ford Shale Leads Texas in Energy-Industry Death Toll

Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2019 at 2:58 pm    

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003-2013 the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced unprecedented growth leading to a doubling of its workforce and an increase in the number of drilling rigs by 71%. 

In the midst of this rapid growth came the discovery of oil and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale, a long, geological formation that straddles the heartland of Texas’ central-southern regions. Its brittle sedimentary structure is extracted through hydraulic fracturing–otherwise known as fracking, a process in which rock is smashed with a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to release small pockets of oil and gas inside.

Stretching across the brush country of South Texas, from Madisonville–just north of Houston–all the way to the western rural regions of Carrizo Springs and Crystal City, the Eagle Ford Shale has been the most oil-and-gas-rich geological formation in the state since its discovery in 2008.

At roughly 50 miles wide and 400 miles long the Eagle Ford Shale is home nearly 30 counties in which thousands of locals are settled and oil and gas professionals have flocked to on the promise of hefty financial compensation. 

Like any other energy-industry hub, similar to the eruption that occurred in the Permian Basin of West Texas, these counties have stood witness to an alarming spike in occupational fatalities. 

According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Eagle Ford Shale leads the state in oil-and-gas related fatalities.

Common Causes of Drilling Rig Injuries

Energy-industry professionals are at risk of numerous hazards in the oilfields of the Eagle Ford Shale:

  • Fires and explosions
  • Chemical exposure
  • Equipment failure
  • Slips and falls
  • Electrocution

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of fatal work injury cases in oil and gas extraction industries were 27 percent higher in 2014 in comparison to the previous year. 

Additionally, between 2010 and 2014, 615 U.S. oil field workers died with 270 (44%) of those being from Texas. And in 2014 alone, half of the country’s oil field deaths were in Texas.

Following these fatalities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) completed rig site investigations found that 78% of Texas oil-field accidents could have been prevented with safer equipment or the implementation of safety procedures.

What To Do in the Event of an Injury

Occupational fatalities are unfortunately prevalent in the oil and gas industry, especially in the busy regions of the Eagle Ford Shale. 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 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Houston — Construction Worker Dies After Falling Off Bridge at Texas State Highway 288 and Beltway 8

Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 9:57 pm    

Just before 5 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019, a man was killed in a construction accident that occurred in south Harris County, Texas.

According to initial reports, the man was working in the area of Texas State Highway 288 and Beltway 8 when he accidentally fell from the Beltway overpass and landed over 30 feet below. Emergency responders performed CPR on the man, but it was not enough. As a result, the worker was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident as officials are still working to determine what caused the worker to fall from the overpass in the first place.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified man. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a workplace accident. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Belton — Temporary Worker Killed in Forklift Accident at Tarco Roofing

Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 8:37 pm    

Just before 2 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, a temporary worker was killed in a forklift accident that occurred in Belton, Texas.

According to initial reports, Timothy Troupe, 34, was working at Tarco Roofing, located in the 2403 block of Taylors Valley Drive, when a forklift rolled over him and pinned him to the ground. He was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Timothy Troupe. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a workplace accident. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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 — Man Injured After Trench Collapses on Champion Forest Drive

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 10:23 pm    

At approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, a man was injured after a utility trench collapsed in Spring, Texas.

According to initial reports, the male worker was digging a utility trench in the 18900 block of Champion Forest Drive with a backhoe about 12 feet down. For an unknown reason, he got off the backhoe and into the trench. Then all of a sudden, the hole collapsed around him.

The man was reportedly trapped waist-deep in dirt, and he was trapped for over two hours. Soon, he was rescued and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the unidentified man. Alas, he is not the only one who is injured by a workplace accident. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Tyler — Worker Dies After Concrete Pump Truck Collapses on Lonestar Truck Group

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 8:51 pm    

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a worker is killed in an industrial accident that occurred in Smith County, Texas.

According to initial reports, Jose Pene Garcia, 48, was operating a concrete boom at Lonestar Truck Group Tyler, located near the intersection of Texas State Highway 155 and North Interstate 20. He was pouring concrete at the hose end of the boom when the weight suddenly shifted, causing the entire apparatus to become unbalanced. Garcia was then struck in the head by the boom and knocked to the ground. He was then pronounced dead at the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now conducting an investigation for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Jose Pene Garcia. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a workplace accident. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Elmendorf — 2 Workers Killed, 4 Others Injured in Tanker Explosion at Alamo Junction Rail Park

Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at 8:56 am    

On the afternoon of Friday, May 10, 2019, a rail tanker explosion that occurred in Elmendorf, Texas resulted in two worker deaths and four worker injuries.

According to initial reports, about four people were working inside a tanker, cleaning residue inside it, at the Alamo Junction Rail Park, located in the 12500 block of Old Corpus Christi Road, when the explosion occurred.

This explosion killed one man who was discovered inside the oil tanker, and it critically injured another and injured four others. Three of the victims suffered thermal injuries. All of them were transported to hospitals. The critically injured worker became the second fatality in this accident.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, they are not the only ones who suffered the same fate. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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.


Jacksonville — Man Dies After Electrical Accident at Luminant’s Stryker Creek Power Plant

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 8:08 pm    

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, a man was killed in an electrical accident that occurred at a power plant in Cherokee County, Texas.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell, the unidentified man, who was believed to be in his 40s or 50s, was working on a project at the Luminant’s Stryker Creek Power Plant, located at 1895 FM 2420 East. While he was on top of a crane, he apparently came into contact with a hot wire, thus injuring him.

Upon the arrival of the crews, they attempted CPR on him, and a medical helicopter was on the scene to transport him, but unfortunately, he was already dead.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now investigating this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified man. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a workplace accident. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (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 devastating for the victims and their respective families. That is why, 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 (800) 220-9341 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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