Posts tagged "oil & gas safety"

What Illnesses Are Common in the Oil and Gas Industry? Part 1

This blog frequently discusses accidents in the oil and gas industry and the injuries and fatalities they cause. But what about occupational illness, another important concern of workplace safety advocates? It turns out that oil and gas industry has its own set of occupational hygiene problems that significantly contribute to the development of certain illnesses among workers.

Propane Explosion Levels Home, Kills Johnson County Resident

A propane-fueled home explosion fatally injured a North Texas woman this week. The leaked propane gas ignited when it came in contact with a water heater in the woman's basement in Johnson County, according to investigators.

Fatal Refinery Fire Kills One, Refinery Still Working

One refinery worker was killed early this morning when an unexplained explosion occurred at Chevron's Pascagoula Refinery in Mississippi. The man had been an employee of the refinery for the past five years and was currently working in the Cracking II Processing Unit when the blast and resulting fire occurred.

Oil Well Explodes, Injures 5 Oil & Gas Workers

An oil well operated by Houston-based Mosbacher Energy Company exploded in Mississippi earlier this week, causing work-related injuries to five oil-well employees. The flash fire occurred in Wayne County, northeast of Waynesboro, and is being investigated by Mosbacher and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Oilfield Worker Fatally Crushed By Heater Treater In West Texas

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.

Gas Tanks Valve Blowout Prompts Evacuation Of Corpus Christi Base

A sailor reported smelling gas early yesterday morning, prompting the evacuation of Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. Gas tanks located just outside the walls of the base were discovered to have a leak caused by blown valves. Corpus Christi firefighters and workers from the Gas Division responded to the leak; an all-clear was sounded by 11.

Fatal Construction Site Accident In Eagle Ford Shale

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.

Fatal Oil Well Blowout At Anadarko Lease Site In Barstow

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.

Rig Malfunction Fatally Injures Oilfield Worker

A oil rig worker from New Mexico was fatally injured after a rig malfunctioned at a Patriot Drilling site in Southwest Texas. Brian Callicoat was only 22 years old and was expecting his second child with his wife when he was fatally injured in the oilfield workplace accident.

No Place To Play Or Smoke - Texas Oil And Gas Sites

Between 1983 and 2010, 44 people have been killed and 25 others have been injured on oil and gas sites throughout the country. These sites aren't just dangerous places for workers; they are attractive nuisances for teens and young adults who mistakenly believe the oilfields or refinery areas are safe places to hang out or meet up with friends.

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  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

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    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

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