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Investigation into Young Father's Death at Recycling Plant

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.

Lack of Fall Protection Still on OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations

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.

Drilling Boom, Deadly Legacy

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.

OSHA Fines Follow Halliburton Employee Work-Related Death

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.

Houston-Based Halliburton Fined $14,000 By OSHA In Oil Worker's Death

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.

Fatal Accidents In The Eagle Ford Shale Total At Least 13

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.

Injured Workers Should Encourage the Employer to Fight OSHA

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.

Oil Rig Deaths Caused by Safety Hazards

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.

Oil Rig Deaths Caused by Safety Hazards

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.

Improved Training For Forklift Operators May Reduce Workplace Accidents

Tactus Technologies has created a video game of sorts for training forklift operators. The company received a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop a virtual reality simulator for training purposes with the intent that the improved training would help reduce the number of serious and fatal workplace accidents attributed to forklifts each year.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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