Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Piling, Inc. regarding a fatal incident that occurred on June 27, 2016. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the gross negligence of the company that resulted in the death of their loved one.
A call came into the gas company at 9:13 am this morning, reporting a suspected gas leak. The utility company dispatched workers to investigate just two minutes later. Before they arrived on scene, an explosion occurred, injuring at least 16 and triggering the collapse of two buildings.
Earlier this year, Forbes reported that oil and gas production in Texas accounted for 34.5 percent of overall oil production and 27 percent of natural gas extraction in the United States. These numbers likely have much to do with the booming Eagle Ford Shale play along with the oil and gas wells and rigs that dot the landscape across Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
Earlier this week, we talked about a fatal oil rig accident that claimed the life of a 40-year-old West Texas man. Another oil worker has also been fatally injured in a serious oilfield accident in the last week. A 59-year-old was pinned under a large heater tank and received fatal crush injuries in the oil-related accident in Athlon Yard.
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.
A 25-year-old oil and gas worker on the Eagle Ford Shale was fatally injured this week when he was struck by a falling pipe. James Dean "Jimmy" Burnett was employed by Victoria Maintenance Inc. and was working on a BHP Billiton Petroleum construction site in Karnes County when the Eagle Ford Shale fatal workplace accident occurred.
According to a recent study published in the Centers For Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the oil and gas industry is seven times more deadly than other industries in the United States. According to the report, as many as 16 oil and gas workers are fatally injured while on the job each year.
At least two people have been confirmed as fatal victims of an explosion at West Fertilizer in West, Texas that happened in the late evening hours Wednesday night. The small Texas town, just 20 miles outside of Waco, was completely evacuated. All 2,600 residents were asked to find a place to stay and schools have been shut down for the rest of the week.
Two oilfield workers, Juan Rios and Olegario Rios, were fatally injured in an oil well blowout in Barstow late last week. The well has been shut down since the explosion and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating what went wrong that lead to the deaths of the two men as well as serious injuries to two other workers.