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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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  • Second West Virginia Plant Explosion Occurs Within Weeks

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

    In West Virginia, an industrial plant exploded yesterday morning. The plant is owned by Midland Resource Recovery, a Canada-based company that odorizes natural gas. Their West Virginia plant—located in Philippi—specialized in decommissioning old odorant tanks from other gas companies. This is the second explosion at the Philippi plant in the last two months. On May 24 th, plant owner ...
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  • Attorneys File Case for Baton Rouge Plant Explosion Victim

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Jun-2017

    Louisiana has recently been the victim of multiple fires and explosions that have left numerous people injured and traumatized. Our most recent client is one of the victims of these explosions—specifically the one that occurred at the West Alkaline Unit at the ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge. Our client was working on scaffolding above a valve when it suddenly released a cloud of hydrocarbon ...
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  • Cambria Mill Explosion Claims Third & Fourth Victims

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Jun-2017

    One worker that was hospitalized from injuries sustained from the Cambria mill explosion a week ago has died, the Houston Chronicle reports. Following the explosion, the man was taken to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday afternoon. Tragically, this marks the fourth worker who has died as a result of the explosion at Didion Milling ...
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  • Cambria Mill that Exploded Had History of Safety Issues

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 2-Jun-2017

    At midnight on Wednesday, a corn mill in Cambria, Wisconsin—about 45 miles northeast of Madison—exploded and caught fire. The blast has killed at least 2 workers, severely injuring over a dozen others. One more worker has yet to be found out of the 16 people who were working at the mill that night. We reported on the explosion in yesterday’s blog, which offers more information ...
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  • Fatal Mill Explosion Harms Small Town

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

    Updated 2 June at 9:30 am. Around midnight local time on Wednesday night, Didion Milling Co.’s corn mill suffered a massive explosion and subsequent fire that lasted until Thursday morning. Sixteen employees were caught in the blast—at least 2 people are confirmed killed and 13 were injured and are accounted for. The last worker is missing, but search efforts are slow because portions ...
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  • Anadarko Oil Tank Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-May-2017

    On Thursday around 3:15 p.m., a fire broke out at an Anadarko Petroleum oil tank in Weld County. Shortly after, an explosion occurred that sent smoke up in the air that could be seen for miles around. One person was killed by the blast and three others were injured. Two of the workers were sent to North Colorado Medical Center for treatment and the other was sent to Medical Center of the Rockies. ...
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  • Case Filed for Worker with Ammonia Burns

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

    Industrial workers face some of the worst workplace dangers in history. They work with caustic and toxic chemicals on a daily basis, handle high-temperature materials, or work with processes that are as dangerous as they are effective. When workers are injured or harmed, they deserve every penny of compensation they get for medical bills, lost income, and other costs. Our newest client was working ...
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  • Case Filed for Severely-Burned Mechanic

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Apr-2017

    Arnold & Itkin is currently fighting on behalf of a young man who was electrocuted while working in a refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 29-year-old young man suffered 2 nd, 3 rd, and 4 th degree burns when he was helping a tank welder during a turnaround project at a Valero plant. His burns required multiple surgeries, and it is likely that he will suffer from the effects of his injuries ...
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