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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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