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2 Killed in Accident at Texas Water Treatment Plant

Author Jarod Cassidy

Two men are dead following an accident at an El Paso wastewater treatment plant.

Fire Crews Work to Recover Bodies

A release from the Associated Press states that emergency crews have recovered the body of one of the men and were working on recovering the second body Wednesday morning.

Officials did not provide details on how the men became trapped at the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant, nor did they confirm whether the men had died from drowning.

A spokesperson from the El Paso Fire Department, Carlos Briano, did state that the men contractors and were not employees of the El Paso Water Utility.

Crews had originally been called to rescue the two men, but found the men were dead upon their arrival.

Workplace Injury Statistics

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 4,405 workplace fatalities in 2013.
  • That averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 3,929 deaths were recorded in the private industry with 796 deaths being linked to construction accidents.
  • Common causes of workplace fatalities included:
    • Falls
    • Struck by Object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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Pedestrian Killed in Houston Hit-and-Run

Author Jarod Cassidy

An elderly man was killed late Wednesday evening when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in southeast Houston.

Driver Detained After Fleeing from the Scene

The Houston Chronicle reports the 64-year-old man was fatally struck at 8700 Cullen Blvd near Knoxville St around 11:30 pm.

Police believe the man was walking along Cullen Blvd when he was hit by a blue Volkswagen Beetle – the man died at the scene.

The driver of the Beetle fled the scene. Fortunately, Pearland police officers spotted the car shortly after and detained the driver.

Police are still investigating the accident. Failure to stop and render aid in an accident involving death is a second degree felony in Texas, carrying a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and an optional penalty of up to $10,000.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,377 traffic related deaths in 2013. This marked a 1.05 percent from the 3,413 deaths the agency recorded in 2012.
  • 485 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in Texas in 2013 and 48 pedalcyclists were killed.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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Woman Killed in Louisville Forklift Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

Authorities have identified a young woman who was killed in a forklift accident in Louisville, Kentucky Tuesday morning.

About the Louisville Forklift Accident

According to WLKY, 22-year-old Tomi Leigh Batts was fatally injured around 5:30 am when the forklift she was operating malfunctioned, leaving her with blunt force injuries to the head and neck.

Details on the accident are scarce, but police did say Batts was using the forklift to load a semi when the incident occurred. The events leading up to Batts’ death are still under investigation.

Employees told reports that Batts was new to the company, AAA Cooper Transportation, and had only joined the company a couple of weeks ago.

The company has declined to comment on the accident, but employees stated that their managers always stress safety as a top priority.

On the Job Injury Statistics

Following information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. This averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • Of the deaths recorded in 2013, 3,959 occurred in the private industry – 796 of those occurred in construction.
  • Common causes of work related injuries included falls, struck by object, electrocutions, caught-in/between.

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