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  • Just before 10:30 a.m. on December 31, a fire erupted at a pipeline facility in La Porte, TX. According to the company spokesman for Enterprise Products Partners, natural gas liquids were ignited in the fire. While it is unclear what the exact cause of the fire was, reports are stating a liquefied petroleum gas product ruptured with flames igniting in a meter run, which is where products moved ...
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  • CF Industries Donaldsville is North America's largest nitrogen-producing plant and is located in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. In June of this past year, a rupture caused one death and seven injuries at this plant. One person was killed instantly in the accident, and two of the injured victims were airlifted to hospitals promptly. Investigations show that the rupture occurred when nitrogen was ...
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  • A recent congressional report has heavily criticized the U.S. federal government for their blatant support of companies who have been found to have excessive violations of safety laws and wage laws. This "support" has been demonstrated to the companies by awarding them with tens of billions of dollars in contracts regardless of their countless violations and the fact they have paid ...
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  • OSHA Encourages Businesses to Post On-Job Injury Records Online

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 12-Dec-2013

    The government already requires all employers of large companies to keep detailed records of on-the-job injuries that occur at the company. Yet the Obama administration wants to take things one step further by requiring the businesses to post those records online. With the records online and easily available to the public, the Obama administration thinks that they can further workplace safety. ...
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  • Chevron Refinery Explosion in Mississippi Leaves One Dead

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Nov-2013

    Just one day following a Chevron pipeline incident, a Chevron refinery exploded early this Friday morning. The Pascagoula processing unit fire and explosion sadly has resulted in the death of one victim and the injury of another. According to authorities, the explosion occurred in the Cracking II Processing Unit early this morning at 2 a.m. Chevron spokesperson Allen Sudduth stated in this ...
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  • Chevron Pipeline Explosion Causes Evacuations in Texas

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 14-Nov-2013

    This morning, a pipeline operated by Chevron Corporation exploded in Milford, which is located about 50 miles outside of Dallas. No injuries have been reported, but the town's population of 700 residents have been asked to evacuate. Children at local schools have also been evacuated until further notice. Chevron did not identify the line, but it is the majority owner of a 2,295 mile ...
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  • Workplace Drug Usage Costs Quadriplegic His Job

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Nov-2013

    Tragic Car Crash Leaves 34-Year-Old Man Paralyzed After a devastating car accident, a 34 year-old-man was badly injured and it resulted in the loss of mobility in his lower body. As a quadriplegic in Colorado, his doctor prescribed him medical marijuana to help him control the random muscle spasms that occur in his body from the crash. Although he no longer had the use of his legs, this medication ...
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  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed that companies may be required, for the first time in history, to publicly report all worker-related illnesses and injuries that occur in their company. Reports claim that this new rule will mainly affect the larger companies in order to hold them to a higher standard of excellence. The Labor Department is to propose this new ...
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  • Oil Well Explosion Reported in Karnes County

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Oct-2013

    At least one person was injured after an oil well blast occurred in Karnes County near San Antonio, Texas. The incident has closed a highway temporarily as the authorities in the area investigate the scene of the accident. The sheriff's office claims that the blast occurred in the town of Gillett. The injured victim was flown to a hospital for treatment. Authorities did not release the ...
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  • ExxonMobil Lawsuit Moves To Another County

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 3-Oct-2013

    A 2011 pipeline rupture in the state of Montana resulted in an ongoing lawsuit which was originally filed in Gallantin County. Now, the case has been moved to Yellowstone County. ExxonMobil attorneys in three lawsuits stemming from the pipeline rupture say that they have filed a motion to have all of the individual cases consolidated to maintain order. History of the Cases The attorneys say that ...
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  • Cause of Pipe Accident in Karnes County Under Investigation

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 25-Sep-2013

    Injured Workers Will Reportedly Recover As of Wednesday, September 25, 2013, the cause of the pipe burst in Karnes County is still under investigation. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Railroad Commission of Texas arrived in Karnes County on Wednesday to examine the water pipe that burst on Tuesday morning. Six people were injured in the ...
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  • PG&E Faces Lawsuits After San Bruno Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 24-Sep-2013

    In 2010, PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) was involved in a blast that took place at San Bruno when a high pressure pipe ruptured. While the incident happened several years ago, PG&E shareholders just recently filed a lawsuit in the San Mateo County Superior Court seeking to hold executives and board members at the company responsible for the tragic explosion. According to the Oakland ...
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  • State and Local Officials Won't Charge PG&E After Pipeline Deaths

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 10-Sep-2013

    Eight people were killed in the San Bruno Explosion which occurred back in 2010. Now, after three years of debates and investigations, the state and local officials have declared that they will not pursue any charges against PG&E for the accident. Federal authorities still have the opportunity to press charges should they see fit to do so. Federal Prosecutors Could Still Press Charges Reports ...
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  • Victims Sue over Chevron Fire in Richmond

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Aug-2013

    More than 5000 people have filed suit against Chevron over a refinery fire in the summer of 2012; attorneys filed the claim in Contra Costa County Superior Court on August 12. With the new suit, the total number of people suing over the Aug. 6, 2012, fire comes to more than 11,000. According to the suit, "reckless conduct" caused the fire, which ended up sending more than 15,000 people ...
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  • Miners' Widows Still Owed Settlements

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 22-Aug-2013

    In April 2010, a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 people and now, the surviving relatives of three of those men say that Alpha Natural Resources hasn't paid them the $1.5 million they were each promised under a settlement with the federal government. The relatives have filed lawsuits against Alpha, also claiming that at least eight other families are still awaiting ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin LLP Win $13.75M Settlement

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 12-Aug-2013

    The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP are focused on going the extra mile for their clients. Often, their hard work pays off in dramatic and impressive ways. Recently, a client contacted the firm after suffering severe injury at a plant. Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin partnered to work on the case, and were able to achieve a $13.75 million settlement for the victim only about nine months from the ...
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  • Injured Worker Gains $12.75M in Settlement With Arnold & Itkin LLP

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 12-Aug-2013

    At Arnold & Itkin, the attorneys want to go all that they can to go the extra mile for their clients and get them the highest settlement possible. Recently, a client came to Arnold & Itkin after suffering serious injury. The client was involved in an accident at work, and wanted compensation that would cover both his medical costs and punitive damages. Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin ...
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  • After hearing of the injury of their loved one, a family contacted Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin immediately in order to fight for the compensation their family deserved after a tragic workplace accident. The victim was a turnaround worker who had just arrived on a plant site with a team of people in order to conduct the site turnover. However, the company was required to fully disclose all possible ...
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  • A federal jury in Philadelphia returned a $4.3 million verdict in favor of a man whose hand was mangled at work in the rollers of a "smoothing and drying" machine used to tan animal hides. The judgment went against the bankrupt Italian manufacturer of the machine, Rizzi 1857 S.P.A. According to court records, the victim was employed as a floor worker at Garden State Tanning in New Jersey ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Lawyers Seek Compensation for Injured Scaffold Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 17-Jul-2013

    Industrial lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP have filed a lawsuit in Galveston County on behalf of an injured scaffold builder at the Dow Chemical Plant located in Texas City, Texas. The injury occurred as the plaintiff was working on the scaffold and was hit in the head with a large pipe causing serious injury to his head, neck, and brain. Due to his pain and suffering, the legal team at Arnold & ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Represents Dozens of Workers from Geismar Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 1-Jul-2013

    In June of 2013, a chemical plant exploded in Geismar, Louisiana—causing injuries to more than 70 people and killing 2 others. According to the initial report released by the state Department of Environmental Quality, the explosion and subsequent fire released exorbitant amounts of substances, including: 23,000+ pounds of propylene; 2,000+ pounds of ethylene; and 5,6000+ pounds of other ...
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  • Five CenterPoint Workers Injured in Electrical Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Jun-2013

    A fire erupted this morning in downtown Houston and at least five workers in the building have been taken to nearby hospitals with burn wounds. The Houston fire officials say that the accident happened at about 10:00 a.m. in a block of Capitol in the Southwestern Bell Building. The employees were all working for CenterPoint Energy and were performing electrical maintenance in the basement of the ...
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  • An Oklahoma jury has awarded C&H Power Line Construction $27 million, $1 million of which was punitive, in its case against Enterprise Texas Pipeline. The case was centered on the pipeline company’s negligence in gas pipeline safety. The case was filed by C&H against Enterprise after a fatal explosion occurred on Enterprise’s North Texas 36 Pipeline in June 2010. The jury found ...
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  • Police Join in Donaldsonville Plant Explosion Investigation

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 17-Jun-2013

    The Donaldsonville plant explosion in Louisiana plant explosion killed one worker over the weekend, and was noted to be the second fatal plant explosion in the state this week. Now, state police are joining federal officials in an investigation about the plant explosion and will try to figure out why the accident occurred. All authorities are waiting until it is safe at the plant before they enter ...
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  • UPDATE: Geismar, Louisiana Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Jun-2013

    At the Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, Louisiana, investigators and state and federal authorities have been exploring the many areas of the plant in hopes of discovering what caused a large explosion last week. After 77 reported injuries and two deaths last week, officials want to determine the cause of the accident and make precautions to make sure that the event does not repeat ...
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