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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for work injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by work injuries.

Dallas, Texas Work Accident Attorney – August Temperatures in Texas Pose a Risk of Heat-Related Injury to Outdoor Workers in Construction & Other Industries

Posted on August 16th, 2017

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With August 2017 halfway over, the concern for construction workers and others who work outside is not over for the summer. Heat-related illnesses and fatalities can easily occur if proper precautions are not taken in 100-degree weather. The State Senate in Texas considered a bill earlier this year that would have required construction crews to be given a 15-minute break every 4 hours. The bill was never was voted on. Fortunately, many employers are taking precautions to protect workers from the dangerous heat. There is also help from the Department of Labor’s Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

An app was created by OSHA just for outdoor workers. It’s called the “heat index app,” and it lets you know the feels-like temperature as well as what precautions should be taken, in order to avoid a heat-related injury or a deadly heat sroke.

Construction workers and those in other industries who work outdoors are at greater risk than many may realize, since they are also exerting themselves in the heat. A new worker who hasn’t been working in the heat before is typically given special considerations, since it can take the body a few days to adjust to working in such circumstances.

At an Austin construction company, a manager for Environmental Health and Safety says that each morning workers gather to discuss and identify symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The manager makes regular checks of the crew members throughout high-temperature days, to ensure that the workers are getting plenty of hydration and taking breaks in the shade. In addition, the workers are strongly urged to look out for one another.

National statistics show that 2,630 workers in the U.S. suffered from heat-related illnesses and 18 workers died from heat stroke while on the job in 2014.

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An On-Duty Texas Police Officer is Struck by an Alleged Drunk Driver

Posted on August 9th, 2017

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On July 7, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, Officer Matt Lesell was on the side of a Texas highway, having pulled over a vehicle at about 3 a.m. As he was walking up to the car, his dash cam video shows that a car crashed into him and the other vehicle. Lesell survived the crash. He can be seen walking away from the crash scene, though hobbled. The officer is hoping to use his experience as a way to highlight the hazards of drunk driving.

Lesell pointed out that Texas has a law called “Slow Down and Move Over.” Motorists are required by law to slow down when they are going to drive past transportation workers and police, fire, and emergency vehicles on the side of the road. This information is found on the website of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Employers have a duty to ensure that workers have a safe workplace environment. Texas laws obviously attempt to make things safer for police officers and those in emergency services. Another related law is that fines in construction zones are doubled, when drivers violate the speed limit or other laws.

A similar incident happened to Houston, Texas, police officers in July. They were investigating a possible incident involving driving while intoxicated (DWI). Another vehicle came along as they were investigating, and the car veered toward them. Firefighters screamed out warnings to the police officers. Both of the police officers ultimately fell over the ledge of the freeway, which was about a 20-foot drop. The officers landed in a grass area; neither had broken bones from falling.

All motorists have a responsibility to keep others safe in roadway work places. Police officers are often put at risk, since their workplace is often the side of a road.

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Dallas Work Accident Lawyer – Compared to All other Age Groups Combined, Older Workers Dying at a Higher Rate

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

Albert Harris and his Coconut Shy at Cambridge.

Albert Harris and his Coconut Shy at Cambridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Workplace fatality statistics are reflecting a decrease in overall fatalities and yet a significant increase in workplace deaths among older people. With a trend in which baby boomers are working well beyond the typical retirement age of 65, these on-the-job fatalities create an alarming picture of what’s to come. For instance, approximately 35% of deadly on-the-job accidents involved workers age 55 and older or 1,681 of the approximately 4,800 workplace fatalities reported across the nation.

According to gerontologists, physical changes that occur as we age can lead to higher risks of being injured at work. For example, gradual changes include chronic bone or muscle problems such as arthritis, reduced response time, balance issues, hearing impairment, and worsening vision. A public health department epidemiologist says advanced age can make a workplace accident into a much more serious or fatal injury.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries was analyzed by the Associated Press (AP). The number and types of workplace accidents in which workers of advanced ages died between 2011 to 2015, when accidents began being categorized differently, shows the following:

  • An increase of 20% in fall-related fatalities
  • An increase of 17% in fatalities caused by contact with equipment and objects
  • An increase of 15% in deadly transportation accidents
  • A decrease of 8% in fires and explosions

In most states, older workers experience fatal on-the-job accidents at a much higher rate than other age groups.

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A Crane Falls, Killing a Contract Worker for a Port Arthur, Texas, Refinery

Posted on July 27th, 2017

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English: A tracked construction crane in Waitakere City, New Zealand, on a construction site for the railway line improvements. This appeared to be for the new bridge over the nearby creek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 13, 2017, a contract worker was struck by a crane that fell over on him as he was working for Motiva Enterprises, a Port Arthur, Texas, refinery. He died from his injuries. The worker was employed with Newtron Beaumont, an electrical and instrumentation contractor located in Beaumont, Texas.

Employers have a duty to ensure that employees and contractors have a safe work environment. Specific safety guidelines for all industries are provided by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Following fatal workplace accidents, it is standard procedure for OSHA to conduct a safety inspection and an investigation into the deadly incident that occurred. As applicable, the company will usually be cited for specific safety violations and fined for the amounts pre-determined by federal guidelines.

Construction crane accidents have become a major focal point in some areas where fatal crane incidents have been alarmingly frequent. According to the 2017 Rider Levett Bucknall Crane Index, the three cities in the U.S. with the most cranes in operation are Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Construction booms are generally positive economic signals. At the same time, there needs to be increased focus on safety. With more cranes actively working at construction sites, there is also greater potential for crane-related accidents.

Although there is currently a push for deregulation from the Trump administration, OSHA continues with updates in safety guidelines related to crane safety. New criteria will be identified that employers need to follow for the purpose of ensuring that crane operators are fully qualified to safely operate cranes on construction job sites.

A loss prevention safety expert, Ray Master, said that crane accidents are at the top of the list of potentially catastrophic incidents at construction sites.

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A 40-year-old Man is Killed in an Oilfield Accident in Navarro County

Posted on July 20th, 2017

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, a 40-year-old oilfield worker was killed in an on-the-job incident. According to Navarro County, Texas, Sheriff Elmer Tanner, police were called at about 10:30 a.m. regarding a tragic workplace incident. According to Tanner, police discovered that a pump jack had fallen on a man. The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by Darrell Waller, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace. The identity of the deceased wasn’t released initially, so that next-of-kin could be notified; and there have been no further public updates.

The oilfield fatality is under investigation, and no details have been released.

It’s standard procedure for the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct an investigation of companies involved in all workplace fatalities.

Employers have a responsibility to provide safe workplace environments. Oilfield sites are hazardous and one of the reasons is that there is a lot of heavy machinery. The following is more information about oilfield dangers:

  • Struck-by injuries are produced by forcible impact or contact between an individual and a piece of equipment or an object. Common struck-by oilfield injuries include pressurized lines that are improperly secured and sling failures.
  • Vehicle accidents are also common in the oilfield industry. Employers are urged to ensure that their drivers heed speed limits. In addition, they are encouraged to make sure employees don’t drive fatigued.

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