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26-year-old Byron Jones Dies at a Tire Shredding Plant in Harris County, Texas, in a Tragic Industrial Accident

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

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Byron Jones, age 26, was working at a recycling plant near Sheldon, Texas, on Friday, January 26, 2018, when he got caught in a tire shredder and couldn’t free himself. Tragically, he died in what was described as a gruesome industrial accident. The plant is Genan, Inc., located in northeast Harris County. Co-workers said they reported Jones missing prior to the discovery of what had happened. A federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is underway. OSHA investigators were already at the plant on the weekend just following the workplace fatality. The fatal industrial accident is also being investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Genan website, the company has plants in Denmark and Germany, and the plant located near Houston is the world’s largest tire recycling plant. Online OSHA records indicate that there has never been an accident at the Harris County site since it opened in 2014.

The family has announced intentions to file a lawsuit in connection with Jones’ death, holding accountable any who may have been negligent or grossly negligent.

Employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment for workers. Among their responsibilities is providing training so that employees are aware of risks in the workplace.

Statistics show that machine guarding is among the ten most cited OSHA violations every year, in spite of strict regulations that try to prevent related accidents. A company providing machine safeguarding services and products, Rockford Systems, LLC, shared the following mistaken beliefs that tend to lead to accidents:

  • Myth 1: Because when they are sold they are fully compliant with OSHA safety guidelines, new machines are safe;
  • Myth 2: OSHA regulations aren’t legal requirements but simply guidelines; and
  • Myth 3: Older machines are exempted from having to meet OSHA standards for machine safety.

–Guest Contributor

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OSHA Provides the Top Ten List of Recognized Workplace Hazards, Based on 2013 Statistics – Part 5

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Photo of a fork-lift truck at the NEC, West Mi...

Photo of a fork-lift truck at the NEC, West Midlands, England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a report of the top ten recognized hazards, based on 2013 statistics. The report is intended to highlight the fact that many of the illnesses and injuries which occur in the workplace are entirely preventable.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, below, and this continuing series for information about the top ten recognized workplace hazards in the U.S.:

Powered Industrial Trucks

Powered industrial trucks are more commonly known as forklifts or lift trucks. Forklifts are utilized in many different industries, and their primary function is to move materials. The trucks can be used to lower, raise, or remove either large objects or several smaller objects into boxes, crates, or other containers or onto pallets. Some forklifts are controlled by a walking operator and others are ridden by the operator.

The hazards associated with powered industrial trucks differ according to the specific type of forklift and according to workplace conditions and type of work. A motorized hand truck, for example, is less likely to be involved in an accident involving falling loads because sit-down high-lift rider trucks are counterbalanced and lift heavier loads.

Maintaining pedestrian safety is a greater challenge in retail establishments than in other worksites. Workers are often injured in forklift accidents when:

  • They fall when on elevated tines and pallets;
  • They are accidentally struck by a forklift;
  • Lifts fall between an unsecured trailer and a dock; and
  • When lift trucks are accidentally driven off of loading docks.

Protecting workers from fork lift accidents is determined first and foremost by the worksite and the type of truck being operated.

–Guest Contributor

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