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Toxic Fumes in Tanker- Two Workers Die

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to Click 2 Houston, two workers have died from exposure to toxic fumes.

Details about the Toxic Fumes

In Bexar County, Texas, two workers were exposed to toxic fumes inside of a large oil tanker. Due to the toxic exposure, two workers have been declared dead.

Laura Jesse, spokeswoman of Bexar County, has released a statement declaring that the accident occurred on Tuesday morning. The accident occurred near a town called Lytle in Texas. Lytle is located just thirty miles southwest of San Antonio, Texas. Jesse says the accident occurred at Pinnacle Truck Trailer and Rail, which is a place where tanker interiors are cleaned.

According to Laura Jesse, the two workers were supposed to vent the tanker for twenty-four hours before entering the tanker; however, the two workers entered the tanker before it had been vented. The reason the two workers entered the tanker without it having had been vented is still unknown.

Jesse says both of the workers were declared dead at the scene by medics and that all attempts at contact with the manager for Pinnacle, Paul Smith, have not been returned.

Workplace Injury Statistics According to the Health and Safety Executive

  • In 2014/15 (provisional) around half as many workers were fatally injured compared to 20 years ago. For the latest year 142 workers died, with a fatal injury rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Rates of self-reported non-fatal injury at work have generally followed a downward trend over the last ten years or so (LFS). In recent years, however, they show signs of levelling off. In 2014/15 an estimated 611,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at wor
  • There were 76,054 non-fatal injuries to employees reported in 2014/15 (provisional)
  • In total, an estimated  4.1 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries, on average 6.7 days per case
  • The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2014/15 is 142, and corresponds to a rate of fatal injury of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • The figure of 142 worker deaths in 2014/15 is 9% lower than the average for the past five years (156). The latest rate of fatal injury of 0.46 compares to the five-year average rate of 0.53
  • The finalised figure for 2013/14 is 136 worker fatalities, and corresponds to a rate of 0.45 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Over the latest 20-year time period there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal injury, although more recently (since 2008/09) the trend is less clear.
  • There were 102 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2014/15 (excluding railways-related incidents).


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