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November 2014 Archives

TX tortilla company, insurer deny liability to amputation victim

Employers in industries throughout Texas routinely prioritize profits over the well-being of workers. Even when a worker has suffered a lifelong injury in the course of employment, the employer and its insurer may try to deny liability. Matters are particularly complicated by Texas workers' compensation law, which allows employers to opt out of the system, leaving workers to put up a legal fight for the compensation they deserve.

Industrial chemical leaks happen more than you might think in Texas

The recent toxic chemical release at the DuPont plant in LaPorte is a stark and sad reminder of the risks faced by so many industrial workers throughout Texas. Four workers were killed after being exposed to methyl mercaptan, and OSHA is currently investigating what happened.

Work accidents continue to devastate lives throughout Texas

It has been a devastating week for a number of families across Texas. On Nov. 15, four workers were killed and another injured during a chemical leak at the DuPont factory in LaPorte. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but a coroner's report has confirmed that the four deceased workers died of accidental asphyxiation.

Chemical leak at DuPont plant in LaPorte takes 4 workers' lives

Houston residents in the southern part of the city may have noticed a noxious, rotten-egg odor on the morning of Nov. 15. The smell was due to a methyl mercaptan leak at the DuPont plant 26 miles from downtown Houston in LaPorte. Sadly, four workers died because of the leak, and another had to be treated at a hospital.

Construction crew worker killed in crash on Lake Pontchartrain

When drivers fail to exercise due caution in construction zones, road workers too often suffer devastating injuries. A New Orleans man who was driving a construction vehicle on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway recently lost his life in such an accident.

Workers in construction and mining face serious risks in Texas

A few months ago, we discussed the fact that Texas has the highest rate of fatal work accidents among all of the states. Construction related to the oil and gas industry is particularly hazardous. Following is a breakdown of the kinds of fatal events and exposures that caused work-related deaths in Texas in 2013:

1-pound tape measure hits, kills delivery worker on construction site

If you're a construction worker who has built one of Texas's many high-rise buildings, then you know that much can go wrong at a great height. You and your tools and building materials must be secured to protect you and others from falling or being struck. Failure to take these safety precautions can have devastating consequences.

Legal options for workers injured on barges and fixed oil platforms

Barge workers face risk of injury on a daily basis. If you are employed on a jack-up barge, floating oil rig or boat, then you may have grounds for a Jones Act claim in the event that you are injured on the job. Depending on your particular occupation, you may also be entitled to benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

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