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  • Oil & Gas Industry Free from Strict Policies

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 5-Feb-2018

    Chemical plants have been around for hundreds of years, and thousands were killed throughout the centuries due to low safety standards mixed with the volatility of chemicals. The reality of industrial chemical manufacturing is that one small misstep can land workers in the hospital—or worse. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had created a ...
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  • 1,000 Pounds of Rebar Come Crashing Down in Texas

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Feb-2018

    On Thursday afternoon in San Antonio, TX, a construction jobsite turned deadly after 1,000 pounds of rebar support beams approximately 20 yards in length came crashing down. The worksite was for the Texas Department of Transportation and was located near Loop 410 and U.S. 90. According to police reports, the workers onsite had been tying the rebar together. The structure would have been placed ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Files Case on Behalf of Worker Injured by Crane

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Jan-2018

    Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, Adam Lewis, and Kala Sellers filed a lawsuit today in Galveston County against T&T Marine, Inc. and Teichman Group, LLC on behalf of a worker who was seriously injured due to a crane toppling over at the defendants’ marine facility. Specifically, our client was injured after the defendants ignored their own policies and procedures—as well as ...
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  • Part 2: Preliminary List of OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations of 2017

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 23-Jan-2018

    In the first part of OSHA’s top 10 list of safety violations, we found that fall protection violations were the largest safety violation of 2017 with 6,072 reports of broken rules. Below, we look into the second half of OSHA’s top 10 safety violations of 2017. Ladders (2,241 Violations) Ladders are the cause of many workplace accidents because they are deceptively innocent. Typically, ...
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  • Update on Monday's Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 23-Jan-2018

    The Oklahoma rig explosion that occurred Monday is now thought to have ended in fatalities. The five men who were presumed missing are now presumed to have passed in the rig explosion. A Pittsburg County Sheriff has stated that the mission in regards to these men has turned from “rescue to recovery.” The site is reportedly still hot from the fires that burned until last night. A ...
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  • Drilling Rig Explosion in Oklahoma Leaves 5 Missing

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Jan-2018

    On early Monday, a drilling rig exploded in Oklahoma just west of Quinton and about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa. According to the Pittsburg County Emergency Manager Director, three medical helicopters were sent to the site in the aftermath of the explosion. He went on to state that five people were currently missing. Aerial footage from the area showed that there are multiple fires still burning ...
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  • More Trouble for ExxonMobil in Beaumont

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 10-Jan-2018

    Another ExxonMobil contract worker has been seriously injured while employed on an ongoing expansion at the Beaumont facility. The man in question was allegedly harnessed at an elevation of 40 feet when he fell 10-15 feet onto scaffolding beneath him. The worker was transported to a hospital just before 6 P.M., where he was found to have sustained a serious leg injury. This is the second contract ...
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  • Regulations and safety are probably the last things a person wants to think about as they start the New Year. However, OSHA’s job of keeping workers safe and employers accountable is never going to be completed. For this reason, OSHA releases statistics, lists, and facts throughout the year so that the American public can be informed about workplace safety and the dangers of breaking OSHA ...
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  • Case Filed for Victim of Industrial Amputation

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 14-Dec-2017

    Attorneys Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, Ben Bireley, and Rebecca Adams recently filed a case involving a young man who sustained catastrophic injuries while working at a Noble Energy, Inc. land rig. The young man suffered traumatic amputation of his legs amongst other devastating injuries. The incident occurred just south of Pecos, Texas on or around October 10, 2017. The case has been filed in Harris ...
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  • Case Filed for Worker Who Was Electrocuted at Job

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 13-Dec-2017

    Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit on behalf of a worker who was electrocuted at his job in Dallas, Texas. The worker was ordered by his employer to fix an unsafely and improperly modified piece of equipment, which caused the worker to fall, resulting in serious injuries. His skull was split open and he had to be life-flighted to a nearby hospital. Doctors performed an emergency surgery to ...
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  • Arkansas Chemical Plant Explosion Injuries Three Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Dec-2017

    A typical Wednesday morning shift turned into an airlifted hospital visit for three Arkansas chemical plant workers. As the workers were performing routine maintenance duties, a decomposition of benzoyl peroxide occurred, causing an explosion to seriously injure the three employees. The incident was reported as initially happening at 8:15 a.m. The explosion occurred at the United Initiators ...
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  • Case Filed for Untrained Worker Who Suffered Electrocution

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 6-Dec-2017

    Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a worker who was electrocuted at his job in Dallas, Texas. The worker was ordered by his company to perform electrical repairs despite having no electrical training or background. He was electrocuted and thrown from a ladder, losing consciousness and suffering serious back injuries as he fell to the ground. He is only 28 years old. The ...
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  • Contract Worker Passes at Beaumont's ExxonMobil Refinery

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 2-Dec-2017

    Just three days after housing an oil fire, an ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont is now under investigation for the death of a contract worker. The 31-year old female was inspecting the facility in hopes of working on a new project for ExxonMobil when a pipe fell from the ceiling and struck her head. The force of the pipe was enough to result in fatal injury. The cause as to why the 24-inch pipe fell ...
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  • Fire Ignites at ExxonMobil Refinery in Beaumont

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 28-Nov-2017

    As oil prices continue to climb following Hurricane Harvey, another disaster was barely avoided by ExxonMobil when the same Beaumont refinery that shut down in August due to floodwaters caught on fire early Tuesday morning. The fire came from a crude oil unit on the south side of the refinery. The fire could be spotted miles away, but no one was injured. Although Beaumont Fire and Rescue trucks ...
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  • OSHA Releases Reporting Deadline for 2016 Injury Data

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 21-Nov-2017

    OSHA has been keeping workplaces accountable for decades by requiring employers to send in paper documents revealing the total number of injuries and illnesses that employees suffered that year. However, as the golden age of technology ventures forward, OSHA has decided to update their system to keep up with the pace. Employers of “high-risk” industries (mostly manufacturing and ...
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  • Case Filed for Houston Explosion Victim

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Oct-2017

    Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit on behalf of a man who sustained catastrophic burns and other injuries when an explosion and fire occurred while he was working in an underground location in downtown Houston. Burn injuries are among the most costly injuries any person can suffer. The burns leave victims permanently disfigured, and the cost of hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and ...
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  • Two Galveston Workers Killed in Industrial Crane Accident

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-Sep-2017

    At 10:45 Wednesday morning, a 911 call went out claiming that two workers were severely harmed in a crane accident. The fatal accident occurred on the marine dock on Pelican Island at T&T Marine Offshore. Police, firefighters, and Galveston County EMS responded to the call. However, by the time they arrived, two workers were already dead and a third one was injured. Footage taken at the scene ...
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  • Baton Rouge ExxonMobil Fire Caused by Safety Deficiencies

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-Sep-2017

    Last November, our blog reported on an explosion at the ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge that injured at least 5 workers. In the days following, it was learned that 6 workers total were injured—four of them with “severe” burns all over their bodies. OSHA eventually levied fines totaling $165,000 against the petroleum giant. Now that the Chemical Safety Board has finished their ...
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  • Lawsuit Filed for ExxonMobil Employee

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Sep-2017

    Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a claim today in Harris County District Court on behalf of a man who was seriously injured while working at an ExxonMobil plant in Baytown, Texas. Because ExxonMobil failed to follow basic safety procedures, a fire erupted, and our client suffered life-changing injuries. Burn injuries are the most costly and painful injuries a person can suffer—with tens of ...
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  • Case Filed for Man Struck by Fork Lift at Work

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Sep-2017

    Workplace injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit in Lamar County, Texas against an employer who failed to provide a safe work environment to its employees. Our client was struck by a fork lift carrying a heavy load because his employer, Load Trail LLC, failed to implement safety measures and properly supervise its own fork lift drivers. As a result of the fork lift’s impact, ...
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  • Refinery Worker Perishes from Plant Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Sep-2017

    On Labor Day, one worker was left severely burned by a plant fire at the HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado, Kansas. He later succumbed to his injuries that night, according to a spokesperson for Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. The furnace tied to the plant’s reformer unit allegedly ignited, which caused the fire. The reformer unit has since been turned off while the rest of the refinery ...
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  • Hurricane Harvey Makes Explosion Inevitable, Says CEO

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Aug-2017

    The flooding in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey will “lead to a fire or explosion within the next six days,” according to the CEO of Arkema. The company’s chemical plant in Crosby produces organic peroxides for plastic and rubber producers, but the refrigeration at the plant has failed due to flooding. As a result, volatile chemicals are beginning to degrade at an alarming rate. ...
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  • An Explosion Occurred at a Steel Mill in Michigan

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Aug-2017

    Late last night, an explosion occurred at the U.S. Steel plant near Zug Island in Michigan—an industrialized island south of Detroit. Two of the people caught in the explosion were sent to the burn unit at Detroit Receiving Hospital. At the moment, the severity of their injuries remains unknown—as well as any details that might identify them prior to their families being notified. ...
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  • Two Killed, More Injured in Tampa Power Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Jun-2017

    The New York Times has reported a coal power plant explosion in Hillsborough County, FL that occurred just before 4:20 pm yesterday. The explosion occurred at Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach near Tampa, run by Tampa Electric—a child company of TECO Energy. The explosion has killed 2 people and left 4 people with life-threatening injuries. All 4 of the injured were transported to Tampa ...
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  • Case Filed for Louisiana Worker Caught in Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 29-Jun-2017

    Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Roland Christensen, and Alison Baimbridge filed suit today against Phillips 66 on behalf of a Louisiana man who was severely injured in a large plant explosion. The incident occurred recently in Paradis, Louisiana—the plant fire was so strong that it melted vehicles nearby and burned for days. Arnold & Itkin LLP’s client ...
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