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LyondellBasell Chemical Leak in LaPorte, Texas Claims Two Lives and Injures Countless Others

Explosions, fires, and chemical releases are completely avoidable. These incidents can happen in refineries, plants, or anywhere natural gas or hydrocarbons are stored. The only way for any of these events to occur is if the owner or operator fails to follow federal or state safety rules to cut costs and increase profits, rather than…

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2019 Statistics Show Increase in Workplace Deaths

Recently released statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor show that there were 5,333 fatalities related to recorded work injuries in 2019. It was the highest number of workplace deaths in a single year. 5,333 is an increase of nearly 200 additional deaths from 2018. The basic reasons for these fatal events included transportation incidents,…

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Chemical Explosion at LyondellBasell Facility Kills 2 and Injures Dozens in La Porte, Texas

The LyondellBasell chemical processing plant, located at 1515 Miller Cut-Off Road, La Porte, Texas experienced a loss of containment event that killed 2 and injured dozens more. The explosion happened at 7:35 pm in the acetals area of the La Porte Complex when a unit experienced a loss of containment resulting in a leak of…

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Construction Companies Cut Corners at the Cost of their Employees Lives

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, they account for one-third of all construction related fatalities. Workers performing jobs 6 feet or higher on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs are at risk of falling, sustaining serious injuries or even death. Preventing these falls can mean the difference between life and death. Employers can easily…

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The Perils of the Seaman Status– 5th Circuit Revised Seaman Status Test

The Fifth Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of Texas, L.L.C., No. 19 20506,2021 WL 1882565 (5th Cir. May 11, 2021) upends 20 years of its own precedent and reformulates the seaman status analysis. The plaintiff in the lawsuit was a welder working on a jack up-rig. Sanchez had been onboard the second of two…

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Ladder Violations and Lack of Respiratory Protection Claim Top 5 Spot in Osha’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Workplace accidents are normally due to a failure to follow standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Every fiscal year, OSHA publishes a list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards to educate employers as to the commonly cited standards so they can “take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed…

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Abraham Watkins Scores Victory Under New 5th Circuit Maritime Precedent

In Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators, a unanimous, en banc decision of the 5th Circuit upended existing precedent in greatly narrowing the critical threshold issue of who qualifies as a seaman under the Jones Act.  As one of the leading personal injury firms in the nation, and the longest operating in Texas, Abraham Watkins attorneys Benny…

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