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Parents of Worker Killed At ExxonMobil Refinery File Lawsuit

The parents of a worker killed at the ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation and damages from the companies whose negligence they allege caused the workplace fatality of their daughter. Yesenia Espinoza, 31, was working as a pipefitter assistant at a construction project at the ExxonMobil plant Dec. 1 when she was struck by a piece of piping and killed, according to the Beaumont Enterprise. Ms. Espinoza’s parents filed their lawsuit in Jefferson County court Dec. 4 against ExxonMobil, the construction and engineering firm Bechtel, and Echo Maintenance, the Port Arthur, Texas, company that employed ... Read More

Tennessee Official Sues Tractor-Trailer Co. and Driver Over Crash

A former Tennessee state representative is suing an Illinois trucking firm and others for injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle on I-81 in Kingsport, Tennessee last month. Jason Mumpower, who currently serves as Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed the lawsuit Dec. 4 with his wife in a Greeneville, Tennessee federal court. The Mumpowers allege that Illinois-based Sopranos Inc. and Gogu Trucking Express and driver Pavel Gheleniuc of Orlando, Florida, are liable for the accident that left Mr. Mumpower with multiple “extensive” injuries. According to the Kingsport, Tennessee Times News, the lawsuit centers on a traffic ... Read More

Worker’s Deadly Fall Leads To $112K Fines for Lumber Mill

A Washington lumber mill faces $112,000 for critical safety violations following the death of a worker who fell from an improperly guarded elevated platform in April. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said 41-year-old Andrew Ward died on the job at Sierra Pacific Industries after a section of permanent yellow guardrail had been removed from the 17-and-a-half-foot-high platform and replaced with yellow caution tape. According to investigators, Sierra Pacific removed the section of guardrail so that a crane could better move some equipment. At some point after the guardrail was removed, Mr. Ward went to the edge of the ... Read More

Deadly Kentucky Plane Crash: Plane Broke Apart in Flight, NTSB Reports

A Nov. 12 plane crash in Barren County, Kentucky, that killed all four people aboard was the result of “an in-flight break-up and collision with trees and terrain following a loss of control,” federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report on the plane crash that the 1965 Piper PA-32 descended from 7,000 feet to 2,800 feet in 30 seconds before it lost radar contact and crashed in a remote area near Fountain Run, about 80 miles north of Nashville in southeastern Kentucky. The pilot-owner and three passengers were headed home to Somerset, Kentucky, ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Wisconsin Food Plant

A Wisconsin woman suffered an arm amputation in an industrial accident at a food manufacturing plant in Random Lake, Wisconsin, Monday, Oct.9. The Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Dispatch Center received an emergency call from the Lakeside Foods plant at 9:45 a.m. that a 30-year-old female worker had her arm severed below the elbow. According to the Sheboygan Press, the dispatch center talked personnel at the scene of the accident through life-saving procedures until first responders arrived at the scene. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Random Lake First Responders and EMS crew from Random Lake Ambulance and Orange ... Read More

Butterball Plant Worker’s Electrocution Death Under Investigation

North Carolina and U.S. officials are investigating the Sept. 18 electrocution death of a maintenance worker at a Butterball manufacturing facility in Mount Olive. According to New Bern, North Carolina’s WCTI News Channel 12, Butterball spokesperson Christa Leupen said the worker, 28-year-old Robert McCullen, was killed while doing routine maintenance on Tuesday afternoon. Coworkers found Mr. McCullen unconscious and performed CPR on him while they waited for emergency responders to arrive at the facility, but he could not be revived. First responders were also unable to revive Mr. McCullen. The North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Division ... Read More

County Fair Draft Horse Chairman Thrown from Wagon, Killed

Just weeks after the Ohio State Fair incident that killed one and injured several more, another fair has turned deadly. The Meadville Tribune reports that Wednesday afternoon, 64-year-old Charles E. Burns, the chairman of the draft horse competition department, was killed when he was thrown from his horse-drawn wagon as he rode around the horse ring of the Crawford County Fair in Pennsylvania. According to witnesses, Burns was driving a wagon pulled by a team of draft horses when it made a sharp turn, throwing Burns forward beneath the hooves of the giants. The horses became spooked and began bucking. Emergency ... Read More

MBTA Train Conductor Suffers Leg Amputation on the Job

A railroad conductor suffered a leg amputation after falling from a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail train Aug. 7 while performing a safety check. MBTA conductor Donald David, 29, was performing a routine safety check as the commuter train was rolling into Brandeis Commuter Rail station in Waltham, Massachusetts, when something caused him to lose his footing and fall from the train, according to WHDH Channel 7 Boston. The train then ran over his leg. Mr. David, who had worked for MBTA for five years, was taken to the hospital with a serious leg injury that required doctors ... Read More

New Orleans Elevator Malfunction Injures Five Workers

An elevator malfunction at the scene of a luxury condo development in New Orleans injured five construction workers July 28 and triggered an investigation by federal safety officials. The elevator inside The Standard plummeted seven stories to the ground with 11 construction workers inside. Amazingly, only five of the workers were injured and the most serious injury was a fractured foot. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent inspectors to the construction site at South Rampart and Julia Streets to open an investigation. The investigation is still underway. It could take weeks for a preliminary report and months before ... Read More

Georgia Quarry Mining Death Triggers Investigation

Federal investigators are looking for answers in a mining accident that killed a quarry worker last month near Athens, Georgia. Online Athens reports that officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will be at Blue Sky Quarries in Oglethorpe County to interview witnesses, inspect the work site and equipment, and “ultimately, write up a report of their findings, which may include enforcement against the mine operator,” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said, according to Online Athens. The accident occurred when 36-year-old Matthew Walter Kanala IV of Elberton, Georgia, was driving wedges into a section of rock at the ... Read More