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November 2012 Archives

Texas worker awarded $5.5M after workplace fall

Earlier this month, a Lubbock County jury awarded a man and his estranged wife $5.5 million after he was injured in a workplace accident in 2007. The man had been employed by West Star Transportation when he fell at least 15 feet onto a concrete floor while he was attempting to put tarpaulin over a load in a truck bed.

The aftermath of BP's drilling disaster (2 of 2)

Welcome back. We are currently discussing April 2010's Deepwater Horizon drilling explosion and oil spill that sent nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, it was reported that BP agreed to take criminal responsibility for the disaster, and will pay $4.5 billion in fines and restitution.

The aftermath of BP's drilling disaster (1 of 2)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire occurred on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were killed in the blast and another 17 were injured. It took three months before the gushing oil well was capped, and by that time it had released about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil.

Jones Act suit filed after large wake snaps mooring line

Earlier this week, we discussed how the federal Jones Act allows maritime workers to sue their employers under a strict liability theory after being injured on the job. Essentially, maritime workers only need to prove that a vessel was "unseaworthy" and that they were injured as a result, not that their employer knew about the danger.

Maritime worker settles slip-and-fall suit with vessel owner

According to federal law such as the Jones Act, all vessels in operation must be seaworthy. When vessels are unseaworthy and maritime workers are injured as a result, they are able to sue their employers. In these Jones Act lawsuits, the injured workers must only prove that the vessel was unseaworthy and they were injured as a result.

Texas worker killed in construction accident

Few work environments present as many hazards as that of a construction site. Surrounded by heavy objects and equipment capable of crushing a man or woman, there is plenty of room for serious injury or death while on the job.

Houston construction company cited by OSHA

Construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work in Texas. That is why it is vital for employers to abide by safety rules and regulations in order to keep construction workers safe. When employers fail to abide by safety rules and regulations, they risk citations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

1 maritime worker killed, 1 injured after pipes fall on ship

A ship carrying steel products from Houston recently experienced a serious workplace accident on board as cargo was being unloaded in Florida. In the course of unloading steel pipes, a crane's strap came apart, causing a load of 30-foot-long, 4-inch wide steel pipes to fall.

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