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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.

Posts Tagged ‘workplace fatality’

A FedEx Employee Dies from Workplace Injuries and the Family is Preparing to File a Wrongful Death Suit

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

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On October 17, 2017, at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas, FedEx employee Michael Merton was killed while performing his work as a mechanic. As of October 31, 2017, Merton’s children are reportedly in the process of filing a wrongful death suit in Lubbock County suing FedEx because their father was allegedly crushed inside an airplane he was working in, and as a result he suffered fatal injuries. The family claims that the employer failed to properly train and supervise employees to safely perform their assigned tasks.

The investigation into the death is still ongoing. It could be months before investigating agencies file their conclusions, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

FedEx has been cooperating with authorities, and they have expressed their condolences to the family.

Employers have a duty to provide safe workplace environments. In addition, they are required to train employees so that they recognize potential workplace hazards and can be proactive in helping to prevent on-the-job injuries.

The primary organization providing workplace oversight to keep workers safe is OSHA. There are compliance assistance specialists in most of the 85 Area Offices throughout the country, and they provide robust education and outreach programs for workers and employers. In 2016, OSHA significantly increased the fines for penalties associated with safety violations. The maximum penalty for repeated or willful violations, for example, went from $70,000 to $124,709, which is an increase of 78%. The U.S. Secretary of Labor at that time, Thomas E. Perez, said that civil penalties should be credible deterrents that widely influence behavior and keep employees safer.

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Two Workplace Fatalities in Texas that Occurred in January 2017

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is still giving attention to workplace fatalities and conducting investigations. Evidence of these tragic incidents has been more difficult to come by since January 2017, with a noticeable shortage of press releases. Keeping worker safety front and center in order to prevent on-the-job accidents should always be a priority. What better warning can there be than a death at work? Learn about Texas workplace fatalities that have occurred this year, per OSHA’s Fatality Inspection Data.

The following are a few details on two tragic workplace fatalities that took place in Texas in January 2017:

On January 4 in Rotan, a worker died after being crushed between two pieces of machinery. The Rotan Gin Company was inspected following the deadly incident. Further details are that at about 2:30 a.m. on the day of the tragedy, an employee became caught between the frame and the lifting forks of the up-ender machine as he was operating it. He was crushed and killed.

On January 5 in Hutchins, Texas, a worker died after being struck by a truck. BI Grim Trucking Inc. was inspected after the fatal workplace accident. Details of the accident follow: At about 4:30 a.m., an employee plus another driver transported a trailer for an 18-wheeler to another facility. The trailer was situated in its designated place. The employee was at the back of the tractor truck and was un-attaching an air hose as well as pulling the pin from the tractor. The tractor pulled forward and the employee was struck in the head by the tractor truck and died from his injuries.

After OSHA conducts inspections, one of the goals of the organizations is to consider whether new safety standards need to be put in place, to prevent repeats of fatal accidents.

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

Thursday, 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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