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Recent Posts in Workplace Fatalities Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 4 People Killed as a Result of Boiler Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Apr-2017

    Around 7:30 on Monday morning, a boiler exploded at the Loy Lange Box Company factory in St. Louis. The explosion was massive, launching huge pieces of debris over 500 feet away into nearby buildings. One of these buildings was the Faultless Healthcare Linen factory, a laundry facility for healthcare facilities—a piece of debris the size of a cargo van crashed into the building. The ...
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  • Worker Killed By Falling Pipe at ExxonMobil Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-May-2016

    On Wednesday, a little after 12:00 a.m., a tragic accident occurred at the Exxon Mobil plant in Beaumont, Texas. Several contract workers from AltairStrickland—a company that specializes in refinery plan overhauls—were replacing a heat exchanger on an elevated platform at a unit that was under maintenance. These workers were still on the platform when sections of pipe broke off and ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Death Rates Amongst Oil Workers Spike to Alarming Levels

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

    There is more than one cost to the incredible need for energy in the United States and it isn’t fiscal: it is the lives of workers in the countless oil fields throughout the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 600 workers died on the job between 2002 and 2007. During that 5 year stretch, the deaths per year spiked by approximately 70% from 72 in 2002 to an ...
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  • Workplace Fatality Statistics in the United States

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 28-May-2015

    Each year the AFL-CIO releases a report entitled “Death on the Job.” The most recent report analyzes workplace fatalities in the United States for 2013. While the number of workplace fatalities has been declining slightly over the past four years, there are still an alarming number of workers being killed on-the-job every day. Below are some of the key findings from the AFL-CIO report. ...
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