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Crew members Missing after Freight Train Collision

Three crew members are missing after two BNSF Railway freight trains collided Tuesday afternoon, causing a massive explosion and forcing the surrounding areas to evacuate. The head-on collision happened 5 miles east of the town of Panhandle, Texas, just 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. The two trains were carrying two crew members each; one member


SMSH Legal Settles Amputation Case

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris recently settled the claim of a foreign seaman working for the Caribbean subsidiary of a Texas company for a confidential amount. In a tragic work accident over foreign waters, the young man’s leg became entangled in a mooring line and was violently amputated below the knee. The attorneys of SMSH


Fire Reported At ExxonMobil Plant

Thursday, April 7th there was a fire at the Baytown ExxonMobil Plant, 30 minutes east of Houston, TX. There were reports of large flames and thick black smoke billowing. Multiple water cannons were deployed to subside the flames between 5-6 pm. There were no injuries reported, and all employees were accounted for. The plant investigators


Effect of Oil and Gas Industry on Economy

A barrel of oil is selling for almost $40 in the U.S. today. The U.S. economy has become less reliant on oil and gas production over the past 30 years. In 1981 oil production accounted for 4.3% of U.S. GDP while in 2011 only accounted for 1.6%. Today we have a more diversified economy in


One Killed on Oil & Gas Platform in Gulf of Mexico

This past Friday an employee of Nabor Industries died after sustaining an injury on the job. The employee was working on another company’s oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The platform is located 150 miles south of New Orleans. Nabor Industries was


Impact Of The Struggling Oil Industry On Houston

The Houston housing market is being impacted by struggling oil industry because people are having to sell homes and turn to renting and downsizing if not relocating altogether. Last year the real estate market was booming, but layoffs are causing instability. Over 250,000 people have been laid off globally since the price of oil started


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


Pasenda Chemical Explosion

On Saturday afternoon, this past weekend about 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution leaked during a routine function at PeroxyChem, causing an explosion.One contractor was pronounced dead at the scene while another contractor and two employees were rushed to the emergency room. One person suffered from a broken arm and the other two were


Types of Injuries from Construction Refinery Accidents

Workers who work on construction refinery sites are constantly put in very dangerous situations and must always be aware of their surroundings and be attentive in case of an accident. According to labor statistics, this industry had the highest death toll in the United States between 2003-2010. 2006 was the most dangerous year with 125


Blowout Manufacturer Cleared in Deepwater Horizon Trial

The manufacturer of the blowout preventer which failed causing the massive Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico has been cleared by a judge of all remaining claims. Cameron International has been named as a defendant in the trial that is looking at claims of negligence by BP and several


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