Drilling for oil is an inherently dangerous job, with a fatality rate nearly five times that of all industries in the United States combined. As the oil and gas industry continues rising, the number of people employed increase-along with production pressures and the temptation to cut corners. In Texas, oil and gas firms employ over 2,400 more people than they did a year ago, putting more people in the path of explosive gases, dangerous machinery, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Kelly Woods have reached a confidential settlement against Church's Chicken regarding an incident that occurred on August 1, 2016. On this particular day, two of Mr. Agosto's clients were working at a Church's Chicken when the kitchen floor collapsed into the crawl space beneath, causing the industrial deep fryers of hot grease to fall on top of them.
On the morning of July 6, 2018, Karen Reed was having her coffee at her home in Porter, Texas. "I heard a metal on metal noise, a boom. When I heard it I looked at my son who lives next door and said, 'baby that can't be good,'" Reed said.
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.
Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. and Associate Kelly Woods will be investigating a recent incident involving a worker who was killed in an industrial accident at Houston Tubulars, Inc. on 13600 Hatfield Road in Pearland, Texas. The site is just west of Mykawa Road and north of Broadway. According to a listing for the National Association of Steel Pipes Distributors, Houston Tubulars is a pipe reconditioning company.
Son Nguyen, who was severely burned in an electrical explosion at Tesla's car factory is suing the automaker for allegedly putting him in harm's way.
On May 19, 2018, the release of ethylene from a pressure safety valve caused a flash fire at a La Porte plant, which sent 21 employees to the hospital. Despite the ongoing injuries to workers around the Gulf of Mexico, plant owners and local authorities seem unconcerned.
On April 24, 2018 another Amtrak worker was struck and killed by a train in Bowie, Maryland. The victim was an Amtrak employee who was helping monitor safety during track work between Baltimore and Washington, when he was stuck by Train 86. The tragic news comes just five months after a similar instance occurred in which two track workers were killed. Following the first incident, the National Transportation Safety Board strongly recommended Amtrak reduce the speed its trains are travelling when passing work crew members.
A Harris County jury recently awarded a Polk County man $33.1 million for injuries he sustained while working at a plywood plant in Corrigan, Texas. At the time of the April 2014 incident, Ralph Figgs was working as a plant supervisor for Georgia Pacific South. Figgs was reportedly performing his job duties near a smoldering blower when an explosion occurred in a nearby sander room and a fire quickly spread through the plant's dust collection system into the sander baghouse where Figgs was working. The sander baghouse collects large amounts of highly flammable dust from wood sanding operations through the dust collector system. According to the lawsuit, the plant's fire and explosion detection, prevention, and suppression system failed to prevent, warn, and eliminate hazards such as the explosion and fire in question.
The National Institutes of Health recently conducted a study entitled the Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study, in which it determined workers exposed to oil dispersants during the Deep Water Horizons cleanup are likely to experience respiratory issues and other health problems.