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Three Texas Workers Die in Roadway Construction in Amarillo, Texas

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Three friends and co-workers were killed and two workers were injured at a roadway construction site on eastbound I-40 in Amarillo, Texas, on Saturday morning, June 10, 2017. A pick-up truck hauling a 16-foot flatbed trailer was traveling through the construction site when the trailer broke loose from the pickup and crashed into road paving equipment and the crew working with it.

The deceased workers are 63-year-old Julian Zamora,  59-year-old Ygnacio Rodriquez, and 36-year-old Jorge Noe Catano. They and the two injured workers are all J. Lee Milligan employees. One of the injured workers suffered life-threatening injuries, and the other was severely injured. The Amarillo Police Department said the scene on I-40 was located just east of Whitaker Road.

At approximately 9:05 a.m., the silver Ford pickup hauling construction materials such as sand and rebar was traveling eastbound on I-40 when the trailer became disconnected. The trailer careened into road construction lanes and then crashed into the road paving machine and the five workers. The trailer then went off-road and fell onto its side, which caused the sand load to hit a construction crew pickup truck that was parked beside the machinery, off the road.

The driver whose trailer broke off returned to the scene. He was not injured. The Austin Police Department traffic investigators questioned him. No charges have been filed in connection with this fatal workplace accident.

The Texas Department of Transportation contracted J. Lee Milligan to handle the hot-mix work in the Amarillo area. A statement from TxDOT officials asked for prayers for the families of the deceased and for those injured in this tragic accident.

The hitch hardware that fell off of the pickup truck, causing the trailer to break loose, was recovered by traffic investigators. Speed was not considered to be a factor.

–Guest Contributor

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1 Worker Dies and Another is Critically Injured in an Electrical Accident

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Landscape of the skyline of Lubbock, Texas tak...

Landscape of the skyline of Lubbock, Texas taken from the shoulder of Interstate 27. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fatal workplace accident occurred on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas. At a construction site for a new building, two men were working together when it is believed they made contact with energized lines while drilling into an electrical box. A fire erupted and was quickly ignited. Both construction workers at the scene were burned and had possibly been shocked. They were transported to a nearby hospital, where one of the men died early the next day. The other injured worker is still in critical condition.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will conduct a complete investigation of the employers involved in this fatal workplace incident. It will be determined whether required safety practices were used. Such OSHA rules are designed for the purpose of holding employers accountable when they fail in their fundamental duty to provide workers with a safe workplace environment.

Electrical accidents are not uncommon on construction sites or in other work venues. “Electrical Wiring Methods” was the ninth most frequent type of OSHA violation for fiscal year 2016. There were 1,940 OSHA safety violations in this category. In 2015, there were 464 more electrical workplace violations and this category was the eighth most frequently violated. This was the largest violation decrease in a particular category, which is a very good thing. Obviously, electrical hazards are extremely dangerous.

“General Electrical Requirements” was the category that was tenth most frequently cited by OSHA in 2016, with 1,704 violations issued. This category focuses on proper use and installation of electrical equipment and conductors.

If employers in this tragic workplace accident are found by OSHA to have failed in electrical safety procedures, they will face penalties.

–Guest Contributor


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Attorney Work Accident – A Lubbock, TX, Company Faces $50,400 in Proposed OSHA Penalties – Part 5

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Lubbock High School, Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock High School, Lubbock, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected Breedlove Foods Inc. in Lubbock, Texas, on October 16, 2015, after an employee’s hand was amputated by a feed auger as the worker was cleaning in and around the operating machine. As a result of the investigation, OSHA cited Breedlove for 12 alleged serious violations for a total of $50,400 in proposed penalties.

The following is information about the ninth and tenth alleged serious OSHA violations against Breedlove:

OSHA alleges that the employer failed to provide training to ensure that the employees understood the purpose and function of the energy control program and that the knowledge and skills required for the safe usage, application, and removal of the energy controls are acquired by employees. More specifically, on or about October 15, 2015, the employer allegedly failed to provide training on a lockout/tag out program to ensure that all required elements of the program were understood by all authorized employees whose work operations were or might be in an area where energy control procedures are utilized. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious OSHA violation is: $4,900.

One or more methods of machine guarding were allegedly not provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by ingoing nip points, rotating parts, point of operation, sparks, and flying chips. More specifically, the employer allegedly failed to ensure that the guarding was provided to prevent worker contact with moving parts in the Potato Receiving Area and the Dry Room at the following locations:

  • The shaft on the corner of the inspection table;
  • The hopper motor;
  • Bin infeed roller conveyor located outside in the potato receiving station; and
  • The surge inclines belts.

The proposed penalty for this alleged serious OSHA violation is: $4,200.

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this continuing series, learn more about the alleged serious violations for which Breedlove of Lubbock has been penalized by OSHA.

–Guest Contributor

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A Fireworks-Related Workplace Fatality Occurs in the Texas Panhandle

Friday, August 14th, 2015

English: Fireworks display

English: Fireworks display (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fatal work accident occurred recently at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas panhandle. Twenty-one-year-old Peyton Trueblood of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was working as an assistant stage manager for the outdoor historical musical that is performed nightly at the state park. The show includes a fireworks display. She was checking inventory in a storage shed when there was an explosion caused by two magazines containing fireworks. Trueblood was killed in the explosion, which has been referred to as a “freak accident.” A small grass fire started adjacent to the building. The blaze was quickly extinguished. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fireworks to ignite.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides safety guidelines for employers in every industry and with regards to all known hazards, including fireworks. The following are from OSHA’s pre-display fireworks site checklist:

  • Prohibit smoking material, lighters, open flames, or matches from being within 50 feet of fireworks or any type of pyrotechnic material.
  • Only necessary personnel required to perform the fireworks display set up are allowed at the display site.
  • Wear all personal protective equipment appropriate for setup duties.
  • Avoid placing any portion of your body over mortars during wiring, igniting, or loading, and immediately after the display has been fired.
  • Establish site security prior to arrival of pyrotechnic materials.
  • Protect all pyrotechnic materials, launching equipment, and fireworks from inclement weather. Keep them dry at all times.
  • Be sure all mortar racks, bundles, pre-loaded box items, candles, mortars, ground displays, and cakes have been inspected thoroughly and deemed inherently stable.

Learn more about firework safety in this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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A Third Worker Dies from a December Oil Rig Blowout

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Deepsea Delta oil drilling rig in the North Sea.

Deepsea Delta oil drilling rig in the North Sea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pablo Energy, a company based in Amarillo, Texas, owns the oil rig near Coalgate, Oklahoma, where an explosion occurred on December 19, 2014. Two men died on the day of the fiery explosion, and a third worker succumbed to his injuries on December 30.

According to investigators, a fire broke out on the rig, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deadly incident.

There are many potential hazards on oil rigs, and oil rig blowouts are among the most common causes of explosion accidents. A blowout is usually caused by built-up pressure, and it is the uncontrolled release of natural gas or crude oil from an oil rig drilling system. There are technological systems in place that are designed to prevent the occurrence of blowouts, but the systems sometimes fail.

The following are examples of the most notable among the deadly oil rig blowouts that have occurred in the last five decades:

  • Forty-two people died in two separate blowouts and fires on Petrobras’ Enchova Platform in 1984 and 1988. The platform was a complete loss after the 1988 blowout.
  • Twenty-two people died after a shallow gas blowout when the C. P. Baker drilling barge, built in 1962, burned and sank.
  • Five lives were lost in Santa Fe’s Al Baz, which sank in a fiery blaze following a 1989 blowout.
  • Three people died in 2002 after fiery blowout that sank the Arabdrill 19 as well as a production platform.

OSHA has standards designed to help prevent oil rig accidents, and companies found to be in violation of those standards are penalized.

–Guest Contributor

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