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Blog Posts in July, 2015

  • 18 Mining Fatalities in First Half of 2015

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Jul-2015

    The United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released a mid-year report last week that detailed the number of miners who have been killed in mining accidents throughout the first six months of 2015. While the first half 2015's fatalities were slightly lower than 2014's over the same time period, the report still showed 18 deaths in mining ...
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  • Trench Collapse Highlights "Lax Safety Culture"

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Jul-2015

    Last week, David Michaels, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fined three Houston-based construction companies for two incidents in which workers were seriously injured. Earlier this year, a worker for Hassell Construction Company was buried in an eight-foot trench that collapsed during an excavation job. When workers frantically tried to dig him out with their ...
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  • Common Safety Concerns in the Oil Industry

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Jul-2015

    The oil industry is among the largest and most powerful industries in the United States, but it is also among the most dangerous. Oil industry workers suffer a workplace fatality rate seven times higher than the average industry. From 2003 to 2010, 823 oil industry workers were killed on the job – an average of just over 100 fatalities per year. Due to the nature of the oil industry, much of ...
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  • Lawsuit Filed for Texas Man Injured in Forklift Accident

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Jul-2015

    Arnold & Itkin LLP lawyers recently filed suit on behalf of a Texas man who was seriously injured while working at a TricorBraun worksite. On the day of the incident, the individual was operating a forklift when a driver from DFW Hot Shot took off and caused the individual to fall to the concrete below. As a result of the fall, the victim suffered severe injuries to his head, neck, back, and ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Files Suit for Trucker Injured in Rig Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Jul-2015

    The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a truck driver who was injured during a rig explosion. The injuries occurred when the truck driver was attempting to transfer mud from his truck to a drilling well owned and operated by EOG Resources and Nabors Drilling USA. During the transfer, it is believed that the blow out preventer was removed too soon, causing a ...
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  • Injuries & Accidents Suffered in Plant & Refinery Turnarounds

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 14-Jul-2015

    In industrial plants and refineries, turnarounds are a term used for the process of taking the entire unit offline for a period of time while a revamp or renewal is performed. Turnarounds are sometimes called shutdowns or outages and can refer to a number of different projects such as, debottlenecking, inspection and testing, or revamps. Turnarounds are expensive in terms of labor costs, ...
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  • DuPont Labeled a Severe Violator by OSHA

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Jul-2015

    OSHA just recently announced that DuPont, well-known chemical giant, has been found to be in violation of numerous regulations, including ones that led to the death of four workers within their La Porte plant last November. It was one of the most deadly and massive gas releases that has occurred in the last 10 years, resulting in a leak of an estimated 23,000 pounds of toxic methyl mercaptan from ...
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  • U.S. Chemical Exposure Limits Are Severely Outdated

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Jul-2015

    Many industrial workers are exposed to dangerous or potentially dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. There are tens of thousands of chemicals used or made in the United States according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All of them could potentially be harmful to a worker’s health depending on the amount, frequency, and length of the exposure. OSHA Exposure Limits Are Antiquated ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin File Suit in Fatal Accident Case

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 2-Jul-2015

    Personal injury attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Cesar Tavares have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Texas man who was killed at work after falling off a ladder. As an employee of Discount Home Warehouse, the worker was told by his supervisor to disconnect some telephone communication lines from above a house that was scheduled to be demolished. The ladder that was provided for him was ...
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  • History of Recent Industrial Disasters in the United States

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Jul-2015

    Industrial workers are the backbone of the American economy. They manufacture many of the nation’s most important goods and exports. The industrial plants they work in are testament to American ingenuity and hard work. However, their complexity can lead to catastrophic disaster if safety protocols are not strictly adhered to or short cuts are taken in order to increase capacity. Timeline Of ...
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