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  • Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Construction Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin, LLP || 19-Dec-2018

    Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Alison Baimbridge and Roland Christensen filed suit today in Lubbock County, Texas against a construction company. This company failed to follow proper safety procedures when transporting ladders, and an employee was injured as a result. Due to the company’s failure to use the freight elevators and to follow safety protocols, a ladder fell on our client ...
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  • Case Filed on Behalf of a Family Who Lost Their Father

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 11-Dec-2018

    Arnold & Itkin is proud to represent the wife and children of a man who was crushed to death on the job with heavy equipment. The defendants exposed their employee to danger by failing to secure the heavy equipment that ultimately killed him. The incident occurred at Port Freeport in Freeport, Texas. It is the employers’ responsibility to ensure that all equipment is secured and safe to ...
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  • Working at Amazon: The Costs of Extreme Efficiency

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 28-Nov-2018

    Last week, two Amazon employees were killed after an Amazon Fulfillment Center collapsed on them. Andrew Lindsay and Israel Agorteia were identified as the only victims in the Baltimore warehouse. The building likely collapsed due to strain caused by severe tornado weather that hit the area. Reports indicate that the weather caused enough damage to displace as many as 64 residents. Both men were ...
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  • The Savage Grain Elevator Explosion: 40 Years Later

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

    On October 3, 1978, an explosion ripped through a grain elevator at Port Bunge in Savage, Minnesota. The blast took the lives of 3 men, and the incident killed an additional person who was crushed while clearing rubble from the explosion. The entire community of Savage was left shaken and traumatized. However, time moved forward. The grain elevator was rebuilt, and a structure still stands where ...
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  • Case Filed on Behalf of a Man Injured on an Oil Rig

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

    Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis filed suit in Tarrant County, Texas on behalf of a Louisiana worker who was injured on an oil rig. Our client sustained serious injuries when a steel beam fell on him as a rig was being disassembled. The company responsible for disassembling the rig failed to properly operate the crane that dropped the heavy steel ...
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  • What Rights Does OSHA Guarantee to Workers?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 22-Oct-2018

    For hundreds of years, Americans paid for their country’s expanding economic power with their lives. As the nation’s economy rapidly grew during the Industrial Revolution in the late 19 th century, American workers did their work in alarming, inhumane conditions. By 1970, the death rate for American workers was high enough to warrant Congress' attention. The resulting Occupational ...
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  • The Dangers of Diesel Exhaust in Industrial Sites

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Sep-2018

    Working at an industrial site is a dangerous job that exposes workers to hazardous chemicals and complex equipment. One of the most dangerous fuels that industrial workers can be exposed to is diesel. Diesel fuels a variety of equipment used in transportation, mining, construction, and manufacturing. When in use, diesel produces a mixture of gases and particulates. This mixture of gases can be ...
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  • How Machinery & Equipment Safety Guidelines Protect Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 10-Sep-2018

    Working at an industrial site requires employees to work with heavy and complex machinery. If a machine has an issue, it can inflict serious injuries on workers. It is vital for both employers to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines when it comes to heavy machinery. The Worker's Obligation Machinery should always be used safely and according to the employer’s ...
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  • At Least 10 Injured in Chicago Water Treatment Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 30-Aug-2018

    An explosion occurred around 11 A.M. on Thursday morning at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant located in the Far South Side of Chicago. The blast is suspected to be caused by a buildup of methane gas, but the exact cause is pending investigation. It was initially reported that 10 people were injured in the blast. One witness stated that the explosion had enough force to lift the roof off the ...
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  • Common Causes of Oil Rig Explosions

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

    Oil rig workers are exposed to numerous dangers in the workplace. Because oil rigs house hazardous materials, a variety of factors could trigger a tragic incident. One of the most catastrophic accidents that can occur at an oil rig is an explosion. With the high use of electricity and fuel to run different machinery, even a tiny spark could ignite an explosion. Common Causes of Oil Rig Explosions ...
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  • Rochester Factory Accident Creates Fireball & Burns Two Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 7-Aug-2018

    On Monday afternoon, an explosion occurred at a factory in Rochester, New York. Authorities initially responded to reports of an individual on fire at Arconic Fastening Systems. When they arrived, they found two men with critical burn injuries all over their bodies. Both men were taken Strong Memorial Hospital and no further details about their condition have been released. Upon investigation, the ...
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  • Utah Gas Plant Explosion Injures Two, Causes Severe Burns

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 30-Jul-2018

    Last Saturday, two men suffered serious injuries when a gas plant erupted in flames near Cisco, Utah. The plant explosion occurred around 10 AM at the San Arroyo Gas Plant, a location that provides compression for the area’s natural gas pipelines. Both men were significantly injured and were described as being “badly burned” by the Lower Valley Fire Department. They were ...
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  • 3 Injured by Explosion at Oklahoma Saltwater Disposal Well

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 18-Jul-2018

    An explosion occurred on Wednesday afternoon at a saltwater disposal well in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. The well, owned by Devon Energy, exploded just after 3 p.m. and ignited a fire. Authorities have informed the public that three people were transported to a nearby hospital with burn injuries. At this time, the severity of the injuries sustained by those transported to the hospital is unknown. ...
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  • Lawsuit Filed for Victim of Chemical Plant Accident

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 2-Jul-2018

    Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a father of two whose hand and back were severely injured at a chemical plant. After the fact, we learned that both the plant and his employer knew the equipment he was provided was dangerous and faulty but failed to take any action for our client’s safety. Employers are required by law to provide workers with a safe environment fortified by ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Regulations and safety are probably the last things a person wants to think about as they start the New Year. However, OSHA’s job of keeping workers safe and employers accountable is never going to be completed. For this reason, OSHA releases statistics, lists, and facts throughout the year so that the American public can be informed about workplace safety and the dangers of breaking OSHA ...
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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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  • Case Filed for Rig Worker with Broken Neck

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Apr-2017

    When oil rig accidents occur, there’s usually multiple parties who are potentially at fault. Never has that been truer than our newest case. Arnold & Itkin has filed a lawsuit against Techniques International Corporation; Centennial Resource Production, LLC; Premier Directional Drilling, L.P.; Diversified Well Logging, LLC; and the rig managers for their role in allowing a man to suffer ...
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  • Updated: Fire & Explosion Reported in Houston Area

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Apr-2016

    Today, an explosion and a fire occurred in two separate incidents in the Houston area. While causes for the fires are still unknown, local news stations are providing live coverage for both incidents. Northwest Houston Home Explosion In northwest Houston, officials responded to a reported explosion that left one victim, a man in his fifties, with second and third degree burns on his arms and face. ...
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  • High Injury Rates at U.S. Recycling Plants

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 25-Jun-2015

    Over the past two decades, there has been a strong movement in the United States toward eco-friendly practices such as recycling. Most major cities now have curbside recycling pickup in addition to garbage pickup to make it easy for citizens to recycle. As a result, recycling has become a big industry. Throughout the United States, there are an estimated 21,000 workers who process recyclable ...
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  • While most office jobs operate on a standard 40-hour work week with employees working 8 hour days from Monday through Friday, industrial sites that operate around the clock are generally not afforded that luxury. Because workers need to be onsite 24 hours a day, most industrial companies operate on 12-hour shift schedules. There are many different types of 12-hour schedules and each one has a ...
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