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El Faro Data Recorder Brought to Surface

Recorder hopes to bring light to sinking investigation. SMSH Legal reported back in April  that the voyage data-recorder of the El Faro had been located on the ocean floor of the Bahamas. It was finally retrieved Monday night by USNS Apache crewmembers, bringing a glimmer of hope into discovering what challenges the crewmembers faced the


July 4th – Drinking and Driving

Independence Day Norms: Independence Day weekend has returned once again. July 4th is one of the most celebrated U.S. holidays! Most families will be out of school and will have a few extra days of vacation. Texas being one of the more spread out states, the average Texan drives much further than each year than most


Data Recorder Found From El Faro Freighter

The missing data recorder for the freighter El Faro, which sunk last October on account of the effects of Hurricane Joaquin, was recovered in the waters of the Bahamas yesterday. “Hopefully, the recoverable data will shed light on the disastrous decisions that let to this tragedy, ” said Matthew Shaffer, who is representing the family


Houston Tugboat Accident – 1 Fatality

  Earlier today the Coast Guard announced that a body was found while searching for a crew member of a tugboat that had capsized this morning on the San Jacinto River. At roughly 7:45 am four of the five crew members were pulled to safety, but one went missing. The body was recovered around 10


Compensation For Oil Refinery Accidents

Over 450,000 people are employed by the oil and gas industry, according to OSHA. Oil refinery accidents can cause huge explosions that lead to large scale injuries or death among workers and others nearby. Some accidents are the result of months or even years of negligence after safety regulators inform owners of a problem. Outside


Cypress Company Cited In Worker’s Death

A Cypress company has been cited by federal officials after a worker died in a trench collapse while repairing a broken water line last month. Municipal District Services LLC, which provides wastewater treatment and water construction services, failed to provide cave-in protection for workers in a trench, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Gulf Of Mexico Fishermen at Risk for Winch-Related Injuries

Commercial fishing vessel crew members may be at risk of different types of injuries that include falling over board and drowning in a capsized vessel. However, a significant percentage of fatal injuries in the United States in 2011 involved fishermen who were injured by onboard machinery, like winches. In fact, such fatalities were extremely common


Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Raises Safety Concerns

As expected, there have been a number of questions raised about workplace safety in Texas in the wake of the West fertilizer plant explosion. Fifteen people were killed in the fertilizer plant explosion, and hundreds more injured. A number of public safety organizations have begun raising questions about workplace safety in Texas. According to Texas


Death Benefits Under LHWCA

Workers in the shipyard, repair and ship building industries, or in the harbor or port, can be hectic, very physical, and full of accident hazards. There is always the risk of fatal injuries caused by fall accidents, electrocutions, as well as the risk of death due to occupational illnesses. When a worker, who is covered


Slight Drop in Texas Teen Driver Fatalities Last Year

Texas reported a slight drop in the number of teen drivers killed in accidents during the first half of 2012, compared to the same period of time the previous year. During the first 6 months of 2012, there were 14 car accident fatalities involving teenage motorists in the state of Texas. That was a drop


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