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  • Workers Burned by Sulfuric Acid at Baton Rouge ExxonMobil Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 12-Jun-2018

    State environmental officials are saying that three contract workers have been burned by sulfuric acid at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana refinery owned by ExxonMobil. The chemical plant was operating as normal when the three workers were "contacted with sulfuric acid during normal work activities," said Exxon spokeswoman Sarah Nordin. Two of the workers were taken to the hospital after ...
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  • Lawsuit Filed for Welding Assistant Whose Elbow Was Crushed

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Jun-2018

    Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit on behalf of a welding assistant whose elbow was crushed because his supervisor ignored his safety. Our client was instructed to do dangerous work inside of heavy equipment that was, simply put, unsafe. Now his health and financial future are in jeopardy. When people suffer work injuries, the company has an ethical obligation to help them get medical care and ...
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  • Case Filed for Injured Oilfield Technician

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

    Arnold & Itkin’s personal injury and dangerous products lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man that was seriously injured while servicing a pressure washer in Midland, TX. The man worked as a service technician for an oilfield services company when the injury occurred. The man suffered serious injuries and underwent multiple surgeries on his eye, face and other parts of his body. ...
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  • It Only Takes One AA Battery to Electrocute a Person

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 31-May-2018

    Electrocution is 1 of the 4 most common causes of fatal accidents that workers face. In light of the tragic death of two workers at a plant last week, today's blog is going to illustrate how vital electrical safety awareness is...by explaining how terribly easy it is to end a life with an electric current. Gizmodo did a story 9 years ago where they asked Adam Savage of Mythbusters how much ...
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  • 20+ Injured After Plant Explodes in Pasadena, Texas

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-May-2018

    This morning, a Kuraray America plant exploded in Pasadena, TX on Bay Area Blvd and Choate Rd. According to early reports, the incident was caused by a valve that malfunctioned. Approximately 250 individuals were on the scene at the time of the incident, including both employees of the plant and contract workers. Everyone has since been accounted for, and 22 are reported to have suffered injuries. ...
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  • In a report from The Center for Investigative Reporting, reporters revealed that Elon Musk's electric car factory has been leaving injuries unreported in order to drive down its injury rate. In 2015 and 2016, Tesla was chastised for having an injury rate well above the industry average. Its 2017 numbers showed that it had dropped to the auto industry standard—but only because it ...
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  • Louisiana Chemical Plant Fire Leads to Evacuations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2018

    On Thursday, May 3, a fire broke out at a chemical plant in Duson, Louisiana, which sent plumes of smoke into the air. In the aftermath of the fire, an evacuation was ordered for residents one mile north of the FlowChem Technologies plant. Those within three miles north of the plant were asked to shelter in place. Currently, the air quality is being tested by the Department of Environmental ...
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  • Refinery Explosion in Superior Injures 11, Prompts Evac

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Apr-2018

    Late Thursday morning, Wisconsin's sole refinery exploded and left 11 people injured—with at least one of them suffering serious injuries. We reported on the refinery explosion yesterday when the injury count was at 5. Now, reports from the scene say that nearly a dozen workers were hurt, and an evacuation order was initially issued for a 1-mile radius. According to Superior Fire Chief ...
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  • Explosion Rocks Wisconsin's Only Refinery, Injures Five

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-Apr-2018

    This morning at 10 AM, there was an explosion at a Wisconsin refinery. Five people were hospitalized and taken to Duluth, Minnesota, according to a statement from Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger. He did not know the extent of their injuries at the time, but there were no known fatalities. The refinery caught fire, but Panger said the fire was quickly put out a little over an hour later. The Fire ...
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  • Long-Term Prescriptions Could Delay Your Return to Work

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

    The Workers Compensation Research Institute recently released a study that looked at how workers with low back pain performed when going back to work. The study looked at 5 years' worth of workers comp claims and compared workers with otherwise similar types of pain...but with one difference: Some workers did not receive a prescription for an opioid painkiller, and other workers received ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Files Suit for Injured Construction Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 20-Apr-2018

    Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a hardworking man who sustained devastating injuries while working at a construction site when a co-worker intentionally hit him in the back of the head with a hammer. Arnold & Itkin has filed suit against the worksite owner, general contractor, the foreman on the job, and the assailant’s employer, all of whom owed our client a ...
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  • Shelter-in-Place Issued for Texas City Refinery Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Apr-2018

    Only a few minutes ago, Click-2-Houston reported that a shelter-in-place was issued to the communities in Texas City. The order comes after a fire started at a refinery owned by Valero. The energy company said it is currently assessing the situation, as are investigators. The official Twitter account of the City of Texas City stated "We are aware that there has been an explosion at the Valero ...
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  • Case Filed for Husband & Father Killed by Faulty Harness

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Apr-2018

    Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit against 3M as a result of its defective manufacturing of a fall protection harness. A husband and father trusted that 3M provided him with a fall protection harness that was free of defects. Unfortunately, while working at an elevated height at a Whirlpool facility, the lanyard attached to his harness broke, and he fell to his death. Falls are one of the ...
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  • Study Finds Arsenic in Air Near St. Paul Residential Area

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Apr-2018

    There’s arsenic in the air near hundreds of homes in St. Paul—and the issue is a simple fix. The Southport Industrial District is a 99-acre area that’s home to a metals recycling plant, chemical storage, and an impound lot. The industrial site is near the West Side neighborhood on the bank of the Mississippi. In 2015, residents in the West Side protested a planned expansion of ...
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  • Firefighters Battling Inferno at Chemical Plant in SE Houston

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Apr-2018

    Around 5:50 PM this evening, a fire broke out at the TPC Group chemical plant on Park Place Boulevard. The smoke has risen high enough to be seen for miles along Highway 225. Community Awareness Emergency Response sent a message that the fire and smoke are not expected to affect local residents or employees. Firefighters are currently on the scene. News outlets (and presumably officials) have not ...
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  • Claim Filed for Field Engineer Caught in Pipe Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Mar-2018

    Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis filed suit in Harris County, Texas on behalf of a Houston field engineer who was injured when a pipeline valve exploded onto his neck and face. The pipeline operators violated safety practices in an effort to complete the job quickly and allowed this unfortunate incident to occur. Explosions often leave workers ...
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  • When Are Workers Most Prone to Injury?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Mar-2018

    Every year since 1992, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) goes through the process of compiling all the American workplace injuries into a report named the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF). The IIF program provides annual information on types and rates of workplace injuries that are separated into various categories based on characteristics—one of these characteristics being time. ...
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  • What Is the Most Common Type of Workplace Injury?

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

    Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers data concerning hundreds of different topics, including Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities. The 2016 report shows that sprains, tears, and strains were the cause of 406,200 workplace injuries within the year. This staggering number is more than twice the amount of the next most common injury: 188,200 instances of soreness and pain. In fact, ...
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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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