On November 27, 2019, an explosion rocked the TPC Group, LLC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas. OSHA opened an investigation after a butadiene finishing tower caught fire and exploded due to vapor that had formed at the base of the tower. This explosion caused several other explosions and fires, resulting in injuries and damages to TPC Group workers, nearby residents, and businesses. Jefferson County Judge, Jeff Branick, issued orders for the surrounding area due to the severity of the explosion and the carcinogenic nature and combustibility of the leaking chemical, butadiene. Benny Agosto, Jr., firm partner of Abraham Watkins, is currently representing injured workers and victims affected by the violent blast.
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Hot weather can be fatal when companies don't provide their employees enough training, supervision, or equipment for the conditions.
In January of this year, the 26-year-old Byron Jones died when he fell into a tire shredder at Genan, Inc., a tire recycling plant in Sheldon, Texas. Genan, Inc. opened their Houston recycling plant in 2014; the company also has recycling plants in Germany and Denmark. According to the Genan, Inc. website, the Sheldon plant is the largest recycling facility in the world, taking in 100,000 metric tons of tires yearly.
The 2017 top violations remain largely unchanged from 2016, with fall protection General Requirements at the top of the lost. However, in 2017 "Fall Protection - Training Requirements", is now added to the top 10 list, at number nine.
The boom that has brought prosperity to Texas has left a trail of death and devastation for many of the more 100,000 workers in oil and gas exploration jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, in 2012 the death toll peaked at 65,000, which was a 10 year high and nearly 60 percent more than 2011. For 22 years the federal government has failed to implement safety standards and procedures for onshore oil and gas drilling, even as offshore accidents have been on the rise. Abraham Watkins is currently handling cases involving oil field explosions.
A Halliburton employee died while servicing a well on a North Dakota oil rig in January. As a result of the unsafe work conditions present at the time of his death, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a $14,000 fine to the company for two serious safety violations.
An investigation into the death of an oil field worker by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uncovered two serious safety violations that contributed to the worker's death: failing to prevent a struck-by injury by securing high pressure lines and failing to control the release of pressure from a pressure line. The Houston-basedHalliburton Company has been fined $14,000 for these serious workplace safety violations.
At least 13 people are known to have been killed in work-related accidents on the Eagle Ford Shale play, but that number is expected to increase as information about fatal shale field accidents surface via OSHA reports. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates fatal oil and gas injuries but often their reports take months or even years to be completed and made public.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently been cracking down on U.S. construction sites for health and safety violations. When a worker is injured, an OSHA citation may seem like a justified response. However, this citation may result in the injured worker getting less compensation for his or her injuries in civil cases. The lawyers of Abraham Watkins have the experience and expertise to reverse this effect.
Julio Barrera was a derrickman working in Webb County when he was killed on September 2, 2009. According to his wife, Claudia Hernandez, she recalls him telling her over the phone that the tower he was working on was not stable, but he would lose his job if he did not climb the tower. The very next day, Barrera climbed 25 feet up the derrick owned by Coastal Drilling Land Company to fix a locking pin in the metal frame. While he was on the tower, the structure began swaying, tipped over, and fatally crushed him. Barrera and his wife had two sons, and she was pregnant with their third child when he died. Even though she reached a confidential settlement with the companies responsible, she said they would not be able to give her what her kids lost.