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Federal Inspectors Investigate Fatal Boston Crane Accident

Federal investigators are working to determine the cause of a deadly crane accident that claimed the life of one worker at an Everett construction site.

Details of the Fatal Boston Crane Accident

According to the Boston Globe, a crane operator was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon while working at the construction site for the Wynn Boston Harbor resort and casino.

The victim, who has not been named, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital around 2:45 pm Tuesday. He died Wednesday.

Reports indicate the man was employed as a subcontractor working under Boston-based lead contractor Suffolk Construction.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has sent inspectors to investigate the site and gather information. Currently, the events leading up to the fatal incident have not been released.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016. This averages to more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,693 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 991 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

Construction Worker Killed in Las Vegas Forklift Accident

A construction worker was fatally injured Monday after being involved in a forklift accident in Las Vegas.

Details of the Fatal Las Vegas Construction Accident

According to KSNV, the accident occurred around 9:48 am near Sunset Road and South Grand Canyon Drive.

LVMPD responded to the accident but announced they will not being investigating the death. Instead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the incident.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

Two Workers Injured at Harvard Construction Site

Two construction workers were injured after falling from a structure being built for Harvard University in Boston’s Allston neighborhood.

Details of the Harvard Construction Accident

According to NECN, the accident occurred at 140 Western Ave. around 2:15 pm Wednesday.

Police say the workers were on scaffolding while working on the new Harvard Science and Engineer Complex when they fell roughly 40 feet from the structure’s fifth floor to the third floor. Boston Fire contacted Tech Rescue to retrieve the worker due to concerns of possible back and neck injuries.

Fortunately, both men were conscious and talking as they were taken to the hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

 

 

Two Corpus Christi Construction Workers Injured in Flash Fire

Construction worker providing first aid bandaging to injured worker.

Two construction workers were injured in a flash fire at a Corpus Christi home on Tuesday.

Details of the Corpus Christi Flash Fire

According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the incident occurred around 3 pm at a home in the 6800 block of White Wing Drive near Saratoga.

Corpus Christi fire Battalion Chief Michael Schmidt said the contracted workers were working on the home’s kitchen when a liquid sprayer caught fire, adding that the pressure created by the sudden ignition blew the front door of the house.

Both men were transported to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline for what appeared to be second-degree burns on 20 to 30 percent of their bodies.

The incident remains under investigation.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

Two Injured, One Missing in Hood County Plant Explosions

Two people were injured and one person is still missing following two explosions at Tri-Chem Industries in Hood County, Texas.

Details of the Hood County Plant Explosions

According to WFAA, the initial explosion occurred at the Tri-Chem Industries plant at 2600 North Cresson Highway at around 10 am. Another explosion occurred at around 11:15 am, and by noon, the plant had collapsed.

The Hood County sheriff said one person was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with severe burns and is currently listed in critical condition. Another person was transported to Lake Granbury Medical Center, and a third person is listed as missing.

All three people are believed to be plant employees.

The cause of the explosions is unknown; however, according to Tri-Chem Industries’ website, the plant is a “chemical blending facility.” The plant manufactures phosphoric acid, citric acid, silicone antifoam and emulsions, phosphates, and asphalt additives.

Workplace Injury Statistics

The follow statistics regarding on the job accident injuries and fatalities in 2015 are provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • Approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers.
  • An estimated 752,600 injuries and illnesses were reported in 2015 among state and local government workers
  • 4,836 workers died on the job
    • This is the highest fatality total since 5,214 workers died in 2008.
    • More than 13 workplace deaths occurred each day.
  • Industries with the highest fatal work injury rates (per 100,000 full time workers):
    • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting — 22.8
    • Transportation and warehousing — 13.8
    • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction — 11.4
    • Construction — 10.1
    • Overall rate of fatal work injury for workers — 3.38

Contact An Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one were injured on the job, contact Thomas J. Henry. Workplace accident victims deserve quality, dynamic representation from attorneys with the experience and legal resources to properly develop their case. Oftentimes, workplace injuries are severe and debilitating and put individuals out of work for an extended period of time.

Our work accident lawyers will take immediate action on your case and make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire legal process. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

Two Workers Crushed by 1,000 Pounds of Rebar at San Antonio Construction Site

One worker is in critical condition and another was serious injured after being crushed under 1,000 pounds of rebar at a construction site on San Antonio’s West Side. Two other workers suffered injuries from debris.

About the San Antonio Construction Accident

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the accident occurred Thursday afternoon at a Texas Department of Transportation work site near Loop 410 and U.S. 90. Incident reports say a row of rebar support beams measuring about 20 yards long came crashing down on top of the workers.

Workers at the site were tying the rebar together in order to form a support structure when the accident occurred. During this process, one of the beams suspending the rebar tipped over, causing the hole bundle to crash down.

One of the workers was completely trapped under the rebar. He suffered multiple broken bones and serious head trauma. Another worker suffered serious injuries when his leg was caught underneath the rebar.

The construction site is meant to be a new access road from Loop 410 to westbound U.S. 90.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

 

 

Deadly San Antonio Workplaces

No one should have to fear being injured while on the job; however, every year millions of workers are injured or fall ill due to workplace accidents every year. In severe cases, these injuries and illnesses can result in death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 5,190 workplace deaths in 2016 along – this averages to more than 14 deaths every day.

Using OSHA records from January 2009 through May 2015, the San Antonio Express-News has gathered information on workplace deaths from multiple industries in San Antonio, proving that fatal workplace accidents can happen in any occupation.

JJJ Mechanical

Date of Incident: May 17, 2017

Cause of Death: Worker fatally crushed between the rail of a scissor lift and a concrete wall.

Stark Contracting, LLC

Date of Incident: March 7, 2017

Cause of Death: Worker killed in a trench collapse.

Native American Contracting LLC

Date of Incident: February 6, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker killed in fall.

Step It Up Construction

Date of Incident: January 23, 2017

Cause of Death: Worker struck by bucket.

Aramark American Food Services

Date of Incident: February 3, 2017

Cause of Death: Worker asphyxiated while working in a crawl space to unclog drains.

Cracker Barrel

Date of Incident: December 1, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker killed in slip and fall accident.

Texas Fifth Was Roofing Systems

Date of Incident: June 7, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling from a roof.

Douglas King Seed Co.

Date of Incident: May 13, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker died after being struck by an auger.

Texas fifth Wall Roofing

Date of Incident: May 6, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker killed in fall from a roof.

GTZ Construction

Date of Incident: April 25, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling from roof.

Metro Waste Systems

Date of Incident: April 12, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker was fatally crushed by garbage truck trash compactor.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Date of Incident: February 29, 2016

Cause of Death: Worker electrocuted while working on HVAC.

Whittlesey Lanscape Supplies & Recycling Inc.

Date of Incident: March 3, 2015

Cause of Death: Worker dies after fall from dump trailer ladder.

Chalk Mountain Services of Texas LLC

Date of Incident: August 18, 2014

Cause of Death: Worker crushed in sandbag collapse.

Southwest Research Institute

Date of Incident: June 25, 2014

Cause of Death: Worker killed when combustion unit exploded.

Surlean Foods

Date of Incident: June 18, 2014

Cause of Death: Worker struck and killed by motor vehicle.

G.W. Drywall

Date of Incident: September 23, 2013

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling 19 feet from a platform.

Upstage Center Inc.

Date of Incident: April 5, 2013

Cause of Death: Worker fell 100 feet while dismantling iron cross beams in a concert stage setup.

Comfort-Air Engineering Inc.

Date of Incident: March 27, 2013

Cause of Death: Employee fell through skylight while installing HVAC piping.

TK Holdings Inc.

Date of Incident: January 1, 2013

Cause of Death: Employee fatally crushed in die press.

Stagg LLC

Date of Incident: September 15, 2012

Cause of Death: Worker died after slipping on wet floor.

Elias Ovalle-Gonzalez

Date of Incident: July 28, 2012

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling from a scaffold

William Brothers Construction Company Inc.

Date of Incident: June 9, 2012

Cause of Death: Worker installing metal decking on highway fell 50 feet.

Indus Construction LP

Date of Incident: May 5, 2012

Cause of Death: Bridge Worker installing rebar died after falling 18 feet.

Spectrum Painting

Date of Incident: April 14, 2012

Cause of Death: Worker died at the hospital after falling three feet from a letter.

Fry Roofing Inc.

Date of Incident: January 14, 2012

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling 25 feet from a roof.

Certifit Inc.

Date of Incident: January 7, 2012

Cause of Death: Worker was struck and killed by a commercial vehicle near a delivery ramp.

Hilario Valero

Date of Incident: October 29, 2011

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling 18 feet from roof.

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

Date of Incident: August 27, 2011

Cause of Death: Worker was crushed between a trailer and a dolly while connecting the trailer’s air lines.

Con-Way Freight

Date of Incident: July 16, 2017

Cause of Death: Worker was killed when a crate of equipment fell on top of him.

International Bankshare Corp.

Date of Incident: May 14, 2011

Cause of Death: Worker walking on an elevated catwalk dies after failing through an unsecured access door.

Austin Distributing

Date of Incident: April 16, 2011

Cause of Death: Worker crushed after being pinned between the bucket and body of a front end loader.

Marcus De Los Santos

Date of Incident: May 8, 2010

Cause of Death: Worker falls seven stories from scaffolding.

MOD Space

Date of Incident: April 10, 2010

Cause of Death: Worker pinned between forklift and vehicle.

Mission Open Air Market

Date of Incident: December 18, 2009

Cause of Death: Worker was struck by a vehicle.

Lopez Landscaping

Date of Incident: November 13, 2009

Cause of Death: Worker caught in trench cave in.

Holts Mechanical

Date of Incident: November 13, 2009

Cause of Death: Worker died after falling 25 feet through skylight.

Dausin Electric Company San Antonio

Date of Incident: August 7, 2009

Cause of Death: Worker Electrocuted

Contact an Experienced Workplace Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys fight to protect the rights of workplace injury victims. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed on the job, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys. The goal of our offices is to not only protect your rights, but to send a message so the same tragedy does not happen again. We represent clients/victims all over the country.

West, Texas Receives $10 Million in Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit

The Central Texas town of West has accepted a $10.44 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit dealing with a plant explosion that left more than a dozen dead and hundreds wounded.

Details of the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

The 2013 explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Co. north of Waco. The blast resulted in the deaths of 12 emergency responders and three members of the public. An additional 260 people were injured.

The blast destroyed the fertilizer facility as well as 500 homes and damaged streets, water lines, sewer systems, and other integral parts of the city’s infrastructure. The explosion left behind a crater that was 93 feet wide and 12 feet deep.

The resulting lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the city, claimed the defendants were negligent in selling and/or distributing the ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer used by the plant, that they failed to properly warn of the dangers associated with handling and storage of the product, and that the product should have never been sold to West Fertilizer.

Breakdown of the West Fertilizer Settlement

The settlement marks the end of more than 4 years of litigation, and provides funds for damages not covered by insurance or grants from state and federal agencies.

The city of West has disclosed the amount and details of the settlement as required by law. Payments are as follows:

  • CF Industries will pay $6.4 million
  • El Dorado Chemical will pay $3.9 million
  • Adair Grain Inc. will pay $143,000

Contact an Experienced Workplace Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys fight to protect the rights of workplace injury victims. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed on the job, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys. The goal of our offices is to not only protect your rights, but to send a message so the same tragedy does not happen again. We represent clients/victims all over the country.

 

Workplace Fatalities On the Rise

Oil workers operating oil drilling equipment

A new report shows that workplace fatalities are becoming increasingly common with a 7-percent increase in workplace deaths in 2016 alone.

Workplace Fatalities Have Been on the Rise for Three Consecutive Years

2016 marked the third consecutive year that workplace fatalities have risen and also marked the first time in nearly a decade that the number of workers killed on the job topped 5,000, according to the National Safety Council.

Data shows that in 2016, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities recorded in the United States, a seven-percent increase over 2015, and that rate of fatal workplace injuries rose from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.

Transportation incidents cause the most workplace deaths in 2016, accounting for roughly one out of every four fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by a disheartening 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of workplace death.

Analysts also noted a 22-percent increase in exposure to harmful substances or environments.

Industries with an increase greater than 10 percent in fatal work injuries included:

  • Food preparation and servicing (64 percent)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair (20 percent)
  • Building and ground cleaning and maintenance (14 percent)
  • Sales and related occupations (11 percent)

2016 Workplace Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 5,190 work-related deaths were recorded in 2016, marking an average of more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,693 fatalities recorded in the private industry, 991 or 21.1 percent occurred in construction.
  • Among the leading causes of work-related deaths were:
    • Falls
    • Transportation accidents
    • Struck-by object
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-in/between

Construction Company Owner Charged in Worker’s Death

The owner of a Seattle-based construction company has been charged with felony manslaughter in connection with an employee’s on the job death.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

According to reports, Phillip Numrich, owner of Alki Construction, is charged with felony manslaughter for the 2016 death of Harold Felton who was killed when the dirt walls of the trench he was working in collapsed.

In their investigation of the incident, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) determined that the company had committed multiple workplace safety violations, including “willful” violation – which are considered the most severe. Alki Construction was fined $51,500.

When commenting on the matter, L&I Director Joel Sacks commented “There are times when a monetary penalty isn’t enough. This company knew what the safety risks and requirements were, and ignored them. The felony charges show that employers can be held criminally accountable when the tragedy of a preventable workplace death or injury occurs.”

Prior to the fatal incident, the company had dug trenches next to a Seattle home to replace a sewer line. The trench was about seven-feet deep and less than two-feet wide with no system to prevent sides from caving in. This was a clear violation of industry standards, including one requiring trenches more than four feet in depth have protective systems in place to prevent cave ins.

Other requirements include providing a ladder or ramp for safe exit and completing daily inspection to monitor changes in soil conditions. Alki failed to follow these requirements as well.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between
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