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  • Worker Injured by Falling Beam

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Dec-2012

    A carpenter working as a contractor for Alabama Power Co. was seriously injured when a beam fell on him, striking him in the head. The beam fell from an upper level of a power plant, coming off of scaffolding that was being dismantled. The injured man had been repairing a leaky boiler at one of the company's power plants at the time of the accident. As a result of the incident, the worker ...
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  • Texas Gas Pipeline Explosion Under Investigation

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Dec-2012

    The Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) is investigating the December 5 th gas pipeline explosion that occurred in Ector County, in close proximity to the DCP Midstream natural gas plant. The TRC Pipeline Safety Division will attempt to determine exactly what caused the explosion. Although there were no casualties, the explosion and fire caused local residents to flee and burned several buildings to ...
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  • The Dangers of Pipelines

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 12-Dec-2012

    Underneath the ground, a network of pipelines and metal tubes carry gases and liquids from one county to another. While pipelines can accomplish a lot of essential jobs, there are times that the pipes pose significant dangers. In the past, the pipelines have resulted in explosions, and dangerous leaks have created hazardous material situations. According to System Engineering and Laboratories ...
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  • Gas Explosion Injures 20 and Damages Buildings in Springfield

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-Nov-2012

    In Springfield, Massachusetts, locals were out on the town as a part of the holiday weekend when they were confronted by a terrifying blast. More than 20 people were taken to the hospital after a massive gas explosion. Most of these injured people were gas line workers who rushed to the scene of the accident to see if they could prevent combustion. There were also firefighters and police officers ...
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  • Plant Explosion Injures Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 19-Nov-2012

    From falls to burns to crush injuries injuries incurred in industrial work environments are often severe and even deadly. In one terrible example of the danger present in industrial workplaces, several employees working at a plant in Penn Township, Pennsylvania, were recently injured in a workplace explosion The employees were severely burned when liquid salt exploded within the plant. The ...
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  • Suit Filed for Worker with Serious Knee Injury

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 6-Nov-2012

    Michael E. Pierce and Caroline Montaño Chapman of Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client, an injured oil refinery worker. The employee sustained a serious knee injury after being subjected to work in poor and dangerous conditions at a Texas oil refinery plant. This negligence led to the worker being severely injured, and having to undergo two knee ...
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  • Multiple Injuries Following Conroe, TX Propane Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 6-Nov-2012

    An explosion at a propane cylinder exchange this morning injured several individuals in Conroe, Texas. So far reports indicate that two people were emergency airlifted to receive medical treatment at a Houston hospital and five others were transported to nearby hospitals by way of ambulance. The propane cylinder exchange is operated by AmeriGas, the nation's top propane marketer. The ...
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  • Texas City Experiences BP Plant Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Oct-2012

    Plant and refinery fires can be a threat to their surrounding cities, not just the workers on site. As a result to our fast growing society, industrial plants are everywhere in our country; therefore creating greater risks for injuries and illnesses. Another plant fire just occurred today at Texas City BP plant in their Resid Hydrotreating Unit (RHU) at 1:30 this afternoon. Fortunately the fire ...
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  • Baytown ExxonMobil Refinery Plant Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Oct-2012

    The ExxonMobil plant covers 5 square miles of Baytown, Texas and just this evening one of the columns of the plant caught fire, creating a dangerous threat to the employees as well as the surrounding community. According to the ExxonMobil website, this refinery plant has been located in Texas since 1919, and this plant is known to be not only their largest location, but also the largest petroleum ...
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  • Fracking Creating Possible Health Risks

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Sep-2012

    Hydraulic fracturing is commonly explained as the process that breaks away at rock layers using pressurized water power. This process is also known as “fracking”, and is specifically done in order to release natural gasses from the rocks such as shale, tight, or coal seam gas, or other substances like petroleum, and more. The state of New York, however, is questioning the health risks ...
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  • BP Fined for Safety Violations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 4-Sep-2012

    The State of Washington has recently fined British Petroleum (BP) for more than $80,000 because of safety violations recently uncovered at the company's Whatcom County oil refinery. The Department of Labor and Industries conducted an investigation of the plant and announced just last week that the company was guilty of six violations, one of them completely willful. These violations compromise ...
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  • Koswire Fined for March 2012 Fatality

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 31-Aug-2012

    Koswire, a Korean-based company, has recently been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) for safety violations at their Flowery Branch in Georgia. The OSHA is fining the company $145,000 for violations that led to the death of an employee in March of this year. Federal investigators say that the incident was completely preventable. A 30-year-old employee was killed ...
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  • OSHA Proposes Citations and Fines over Safety Violations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 29-Aug-2012

    A recent employee death has sparked an Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) citation of Tyson Foods, Inc. The corporation was cited because of a failure to maintain certain safety regulations that could have prevented the worker's death. This particular incident took place at the Nebraska plant in Dakota City. Earlier this year, the employee was working with a certain piece ...
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  • Chevron Refinery Fire Sends Hundreds to the Hospital

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 27-Aug-2012

    A giant fire that could be seen for miles erupted at the crude distillation unit of Chevron's Richmond, California oil refinery on August 6, burning uncontained for four hours and continuing as a smaller, controlled fire into August 7. According to the California Emergency Management Agency, both sulfuric acid and nitrogen dioxide were released into the atmosphere as the fire burned. Hundreds ...
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  • Flash Fire Strikes Conoco Natural Gas Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 23-Aug-2012

    At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, during a planned maintenance operation, a flash fire struck ConocoPhillips' natural gas processing plant in Lost Cabin, Wyoming before quickly extinguishing itself. In the aftermath of the event, four of the plant's contracted employees were transported to a local medical center to receive attention for the injuries that were sustained during the ...
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  • Industrial Worker Dies in Fall Accident

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 23-Aug-2012

    Investigations are still underway to uncover the cause of an accident that killed a Cargill Inc. industrial worker. The 48-year-old man from Central Illinois fell last week at the soybean processing plant he worked at, but it is unsure why. The man was rushed to the hospital but died there. It seems as if there was no one else who witnessed the accident clearly, because all that is known is that ...
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  • Noise Rules Aren't Protecting Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 6-Aug-2012

    Current workplace rules established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) dictate that workers who are exposed to noise levels of 90 decibels must wear hearing protection after eight hours. If the noise level increases to 95 decibels, maximum exposure times without protection gets cut in half to just four hours. Many other countries, and even other groups within the U.S., ...
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  • The now defunct Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services has been named in a 13 count federal indictment after two facility truck drivers died within a four-month period. According to the indictment, the company illegally transported hazardous materials and failed to protect employees from exposure to toxic gases. It was these two practices that allegedly contributed to the deaths of the ...
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  • Scaffolding Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 2-Aug-2012

    Construction workers face numerous on-the-job hazards, and, unfortunately, industry employees suffer numerous serious injuries or fatalities each year. Some of the most common construction accidents involve scaffolding and other types of lifts since they are used at almost every construction site. What is Scaffolding? Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support workers and materials at a ...
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  • OSHA Levies Fines Against Violating Plants

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 31-Jul-2012

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) levied over $400,000 in fines against plants that violated the agency's safety laws in the past few months. The three offenders were located in Arkansas, New York and Texas and were involved in chemical, hair care and aerospace manufacturing respectively. OSHA cited Indiana-based Great Lakes Chemical Corporation for 18 different ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin File Suit for Severely Burned Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 27-Jul-2012

    Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a worker who was injured in an industrial accident. The man was directed to unhook a hose that was filled with pressurized acid. As a result, the man was doused in acid and sustained severe burns to his legs, thighs and genitals. This case is currently pending in Harris County, Texas. Accidents of ...
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  • BP Fined $13 Million over Texas City Refinery Safety Violations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 16-Jul-2012

    Yes, it's really happening again—BP will have to pay another substantial fine over even more safety violations that occurred at its Texas City oil refinery plant, the largest facility of its kind in the country. This time, the bill comes in at $13 million, and will resolve 409 of the 439 citations issued against the facility by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) ...
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  • Oil States Employee Killed in Industrial Accident

    Posted By Industrial Injury Attorney || 5-Jun-2012

    A Houma, Louisiana man was killed in an industrial accident this past Monday, according to sheriff's deputies in Terrebonne Parish. Police arrived at the scene and found first responders providing the man with medical attention. The man was a long-time employee of Oil States, an international offshore and land oil and gas company. The incident occurred while the man was working in the ...
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  • OSHA Inspections Found to Reduce On-the-Job Injuries

    Posted By Houston Injury Lawyer || 22-May-2012

    A new study published in Science magazine says that randomized inspections conducted by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) improves safety in high risk industry jobs without significant cost to employers or loss of jobs. These findings run counter to management complaints that OSHA compliance kills jobs and profits. Michael Toffel, an associate professor at Harvard Business ...
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  • Port Nelson Industrial Worker Killed

    Posted By Industrial Injury Attorney || 14-May-2012

    A man was killed in Port Nelson, a port in California, when he fell off of a fishing vessel just this past weekend. According to accident reports, the man fell through a hatch cover and hit the ground two decks below. The man was only 33 years old. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene even though the ship's crew responded appropriately to the situation. An investigation is currently ...
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