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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2016 – During the renovations to Texas A & M’s Kyle Field, a young man met his untimely death. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Angel Garcia fell to his death in 2013 when a piece of concrete, weighing 3,000 pounds, toppled his Caterpillar loader down four stories. The wrongful death lawsuit names Manhattan and Vaughn construction companies and Lindamood and Texas Cutting and Coring, alleging they were negligent by allowing such a massive overload on the Caterpillar. The suit seeks $100 million in damages, alleging he was not properly trained to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2016 – A federal agency has proposed steep fines for an Illinois scrap firm over worker safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a $366,400 penalty for Rockford, Illinois-based Behr Iron & Steel. The penalty was proposed for five willful safety violations and nine serious violations, at the firm’s Rockford and Peoria facilities. “Illinois workers are at much greater risk of serious injury and death than they should be,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “It is outrageous for companies to engage in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2015 – The exact number of deaths in the construction industry in Texas is not known. Some are not reported. Some are poorly documented. Texas workers are moving targets, and proper documentation can mean the difference between a worker receiving medical care or having to fend for him- or herself. Every day in Texas is a workday for construction workers. They may be truck drivers, carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters or oil workers. They all face danger daily, such as truck crashes, falling from scaffolding, electrocution or serious hand and arm injuries. The federal government […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2015 – One man was killed and another injured during an explosion at USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri, on June 15. The blast was caused at around 3:30 a.m. by an explosive device in a pile of empty military shell casings that were scheduled to be recycled at the facility, according to city authorities. Of the two men handling the aluminum casings, Cody D. Brisco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler Spencer, 23, was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. While working, the two men “discovered […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – Ten years ago a deadly explosion ripped through Marathon Petroleum Corp’s major refinery. Flash-forward to 2015 and there are allegations that safety precautions put in place a decade ago are being discontinued. Currently, several former employees and seven current workers at that location have filed a complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in relation to how workplaces are reporting illnesses and injuries. The workers chose to file a complaint as they feel Marathon is about to disregard voluntary safety practices put into play after the 2005 explosion. BP […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – After a teenage worker was killed on-site in a work accident, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 13 serious safety violations to a Poplar Bluff construction company. The 16-year-old was struck and killed by the boom of a crane while working on a construction site for the Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division. “As OSHA pointed out, minors are not legally allowed to work on the kind of operation in question,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri wrongful death attorney. “The OSHA report makes it clear that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2015 – An industrial cleaning company has been fined after a worker collapsed while working to clean a rail car and later died due to the untreated cardiac arrhythmia he suffered. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the company, Environmental Remediation and Recovery Inc., failed to have the proper equipment and trained personnel available to rescue the 27-year-old worker after he collapsed. “Far too many workers lose their lives on the job,” said Robert Briskman, a workers’ compensation attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “It is […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – Gary Anderson, 58, was delivering drywall to a nearly completed building when a falling object struck and killed him. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into a November 3 worksite accident. Anderson, an independent contractor from Somerdale, New Jersey, was delivering wallboard to a 50-story apartment building under construction in Jersey City, New Jersey when the accident occurred. Anderson was knocked unconscious after a falling tape measure struck him, and he later died of his injuries. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., Anderson arrived at 70 Christopher […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Continental Fabricators, a St. Louis manufacturer, has been cited for more than 15 serious safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A fine of $52,000 has been proposed by the government agency. In a news release, OSHA indicated that Continental Fabricators has an injury rate higher than the national average. Prior to the investigation, workers at the plant complained of fractures and other traumatic injuries that occurred while at work. “This company has acted in a careless and reckless manner with regard to the safety of their […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Recently, one man was killed and two were injured when a frozen high-pressure water line exploded at a hydraulic fracking site near Mead, CO. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have begun an investigation. An OSHA spokesperson noted that the oil and gas industry is notoriously dangerous for workers. According to records from the U.S. Department of Labor, the oil and gas sector has had more fatalities in recent years than other sectors traditionally considered dangerous, including manufacturing, construction and agriculture. “The workers were out there trying to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit over last year’s construction accident on the Northwestern University campus, which resulted in the death of an iron worker, is pressing forward. Michael Kerr, 57, was killed on May 16, 2013 when a crane knocked a 70-pound beam off the sixth floor of a new building being constructed on campus. Kerr was standing on the ground floor when the 16-foot beam struck him in the head and chest. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Evanston Hospital. Kerr’s son, also named Michael Kerr, has filed a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Preventable explosions caused by combustible dust continue to kill industrial workers, asserts a new case study from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The agency has called for better regulation and has said that both private and government organizations are to blame. The CSB case study focuses on a 2010 combustible dust explosion that killed three workers at AL Solutions, a West Virginia metal recycling facility. The report notes that dust explosions and resulting fatalities had previously occurred at the facility, but that the owner failed to implement recommended safety measures […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2014 – Responding to a spate of deaths among North Dakota oil and gas workers, federal safety officials are stepping up their enforcement efforts in the region. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an enforcement emphasis program focused on the Bakken region of North Dakota, where advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies in 2000 have led to a still-continuing boom in oil production. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 34 oil, gas and construction workers in North Dakota have suffered fatal work-related injuries since […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A willful disregard for employee safety led to the International Nutrition building collapse last January, according to an official report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The collapse, which killed two people and injured nine, occurred when rooftop storage bins, overloaded with limestone, caused three floors of the building to cave in. In a company statement, International Nutrition claimed that company officials had no knowledge of dangerous conditions. “This company has been cited and fined by OSHA repeatedly over the last decade,” said David Lietz, a wrongful death attorney […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2014 – Two oil workers were killed in an explosion at an oil well in West Texas. Amos B. Ortega, 46, and Robert Magdaleno, 41, were killed at a Loving County oilfield on April 30, 2014. Nine other workers were injured. The two deceased were employees of independent contractors of Ameriflow Energy Services for well owner RKI Exploration & Production, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, death and serious injury are not unusual among oil field workers,” said Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the case. “But we must […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – On May 15, two construction workers were injured after part of a building collapsed in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Sandy Springs can be found north of Atlanta and is home to a population of 100,000. The employees were working on a second-level parking deck of a hotel under construction when the concrete underneath them collapsed. According to a police sergeant with Sandy Springs police department, both workers fell 15 to 20 feet in the accident. They were transported to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – One construction worker was killed and another injured at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on January 28, 2014. Jose Dario Suarez, 55, drowned when he was dragged into the Brazos River by a collapsed construction lift. Four hours later, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens located and recovered his body using sonar equipment. Suarez and another employee were working on a pedestrian bridge linking Baylor Law School to the new McLane Stadium. Federal officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the death. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2013 – Every year the death toll for Texas construction workers climbs. In 2012, there were over 500 work-related fatalities, up 20 percent from 2011. “Working construction in Texas can be deadly,” states Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “And, a quick look at the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shows a steady increase, year-over-year of workplace deaths.” The preliminary figures released by the DOL reveal the most dangerous job in Texas is driving tractor-trailer trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles. This likely comes […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – A man died in an accident at an industrial plant in Shady Grove, Penn. on a recent Thursday afternoon. Rickie Lee Grimsley, 59, became pinned between two cranes in a parking lot on the property of Manitowoc Cranes. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz, who is not involved in the case, said the incident shows that accidents can happen at any time. “When heavy machinery is in use, nearby workers are always subjected to some level of risk,” Lietz said. “It doesn’t have to be on the work floor, where […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Safety regulations are not an investment decision. They are intended to protect real people. “The dust has settled at the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, but not much has been done about lax safety rules and regulations,” stated Austin personal injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke. The company is noted to have a significant history of safety violations, beginning in 1985. Over the intervening 28-years, not much has changed. Rules are in place, but are honored more in the breach than in the proper implementation. “Whatever happened to proper regulations designed for the […]


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