On June 29, John O'Conner took over the DuPont Chemical Plant in La Porte, Texas. He is the 5th to take over in the past 6 years, following a string of DuPont accidents. The most recent accident was the December tank spill, and the most notable accident was the gas release that killed four last November at its Lannete Unit in La Porte.
A worker at a West Texas oilfield was catastrophically injured when he was struck by a tanker. During the process of loading the tanker onto a trailer, the tanker rolled, striking Thomas Stewart and causing a serious head injury in the workplace accident.
In the last 10 years, dozens of workers have been injured by explosions and sudden fires at refineries - from oil refineries to sugar refineries - across the United States. Three such explosions took place right here in Texas:
After more than five days of searching, rescuers in the Gulf of Mexico have stopped looking for the second victim of a deadly oil rig explosion at a Black Elk Energy facility. The explosion happened early Friday morning while workers were performing maintenance tasks on one of the facility's pipes.
Across the nation, fatal accidents in the workplace are on the decline, but that pattern has not carried over in the state of Texas. A recent article in the Dallas News noted that workplace deaths remain "stubbornly high in Texas."
Contrary to popular belief, not all oil and gas pipelines are strictly regulated. In fact, pipelines classified as "gathering" pipelines, which transport gas from well fields to transmission lines, often face less strict safety rules. And depending on how rural their location, such pipelines might not be regulated at all.
In a bit of twist on the 2010 pipeline explosion that rocked San Bruno, the San Francisco city attorney recently filed a lawsuit against the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).