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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.

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A Contractor Worker Dies at a Brewery in Shiner, Texas

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Old portion of brewery

Old portion of brewery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Shiner, Texas, Daniel Innocenti died while working as a contractor at Spoetzl Brewery. The details leading to 50-year-old Innocenti’s death are unclear. Shiner Police Chief Ronald Leck said the man had been at the rear of the brewery working with a power drill shortly before he was discovered not breathing, lying on the floor. Leck said Innocenti had worked there for years. An autopsy will be conducted, since no one witnessed the fatality.

There are many potential dangers in workplaces. Although there is no information regarding what may have occurred in this case, one potential consideration will probably be an electrical issue. Working with a power drill could potentially expose someone to an electrical accident.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) always conducts investigations following a workplace fatality. Any companies involved in a workplace death are investigated, as signs of workplace dangers are identified. OSHA also provides safety guidelines that apply to all workplaces, and employers have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment to all workers.

There are many fatal electrical accidents every year. OSHA provides safety guidelines, such as the following:

  • Never operate equipment powered by electricity while standing in water.
  • Always use caution when working near electricity.
  • Never repair electrical equipment or electrical cords unless you are authorized and qualified.
  • Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead wires during work activities, including during cleanup.
  • When working in damp locations, inspect electric equipment and electrical cords before use, to ensure that they are free of defects.

–Guest Contributor


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A Mineral Wells, Texas, Manufacturer Faces $224,477 in OSHA Penalties

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, TX

Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On May 3, 2016, an investigation was opened on PECOFacet in Mineral Wells, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The inspection began because of an April 26, 2016, amputation work injury, in which a worker in training lost a finger after part of a metal plate being fabricated fell on it. Then on May 6, an employee suffered serious injuries when a 1,300-pound metal product fell on his feet. OSHA investigators allege that workers have been operating machinery without emergency stop switches or point of operation and safety guards. The total in proposed penalties is $224,477 for 21 alleged serious OSHA safety violations.

Jack Rector, Fort Worth Area OSHA Director, said that the facility had an astounding number of alleged safety violations and is responsible to protect workers from life-altering injuries such as those that occurred in May. He further said that at a large manufacturing facility such as the one at PECOFacet no worker should suffer an amputation injury or be struck by a product.

The many alleged safety violations the Mineral Wells TX manufacturing company has been cited for include allowing the use of non-compliant crane equipment and failure to:

  • Develop or implement lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Install guards on horizontal belts and shafts.
  • Properly address electrical hazards.
  • Mark emergency exits.
  • Ensure that safety latches are on equipment during operation.
  • Ensure that guard rails are on elevated surfaces.
  • Maintain ladders and ensure they meet specification requirements.

As a further example, specifically, on or about May 11, 2016, OSHA alleges that the employer failed to ensure hooks were equipped with safety latches, which exposed workers to struck-by hazards or dropping loads. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation alone is: $12,471.

–Guest Contributor

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Construction Work Zones are More Dangerous in Texas – Part 4

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Traffic congestion, Brasília D.F. (Plano Pilot...

Traffic congestion, Brasília D.F. (Plano Piloto), Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tips for Avoiding the Temptation to Speed

Numerous studies show that speeding is a common practice among motorists in the U.S., in spite of the fact that it is one of the leading causes of traffic-related injuries and fatalities, including in construction work zones. People usually speed because they are running late or concerned about being late. The following are helpful steps to equip you to consistently drive at safe speeds:

  • Plan ahead, making sure that you give yourself plenty of travel time and won’t end up feeling the need to speed so that you can hurriedly get to your destination.
  • Check on the Internet for traffic congestion. This will both let you know how much time you currently need to get to your destination and allow you the opportunity to map out a different route, to avoid the congestion.
  • Leave yourself time to adjust your speed according to road conditions. If the roads are slick and wet, it’s important to allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Be especially careful when it first starts to rain because that’s when the rain water mixes with oils and other road deposits to create an especially slick road surface.
  • Be ready to adjust your speed, such as when you are exiting a highway, approaching a merging lane, entering a sharp curve on a two-lane road, or entering a high-traffic area.
  • Establish a state of mind in which you are prepared to simply be late, as opposed to speeding to get to your destination.
  • Develop empathy for construction zone workers so that you do not give in to the temptation to speed in areas where workers are especially vulnerable to traffic.

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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