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Fort Worth Woman Killed in Recycling Plant Accident

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 8:39 pm    

A Fort Worth woman was tragically killed in a recycling plant accident on January 31.  A stack of one-ton recycled bales were unstable and two of them fell, crushing the woman instantly.  Officials at the recycling plant have said they will cooperate with authorities in the investigation.

A Similar Accident Killed A 42-Year-Old Man Just A Month Earlier

A month before the accident in Fort Worth, a man was also killed in a similar way. In another recycling plant, a group of recycled bales dislodged and fell on a 42-year-old man. These bales weighed 1000 lbs each and crushed him, killing him instantly.  

Whenever these types of fatal accidents happen, companies are required to report them to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). That organization then investigates the incident, how future accidents like those can be prevented, and if it was a preventable or unpreventable accident.   

Can The Family Of The Employee That Was Killed Receive Death Benefits?

Fortunately, the government requires companies to carry workman’s compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to protect employees in the case of a work-related injury or death. If they are injured then this type of insurance can cover medical costs and lost wages. When a death occurs it means that a spouse or children will usually be eligible to receive benefits.

Some of the purposes that the money received can be used for include covering the burial expenses of the deceased. For the widowed spouse, it can be used to pay for daily expenses to help replace the lost wages of the deceased until the living spouse remarries. In some cases, the living spouse can get a lump sum compensation.

Most people agree that the workman’s compensation is beneficial.  Although one of the primary drawbacks is the fact that under workman’s compensation the family of the deceased is usually not able to sue the company. This means that even if the company was found to be negligent, the family may not be able to sue for any additional compensation even though the accident was the company’s fault.

Compensation and Justice for a Loved One

Tragedies like these are devastating for a victim’s family. These accidents are often caused by negligence or unenforced work safety rules.   If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a workplace accident, call us for a free consultation.  You may be entitled to compensation.  We’ve been handling workplace accidents and explosions since 1983.  Call our lawyers at Williams Kherkher today at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about work-related deaths or injuries and what can be done to receive compensation and justice.

Woman Killed in Norman, Oklahoma Train Accident

Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 1:18 pm    

Train Accident in Norman

An Amtrak train heading northbound collided with a vehicle in Norman, Oklahoma, killing the driver.

Female Victim Not Identified Yet

The female driver was the only occupant of the vehicle which headed west at the time of the incident.

Investigators Responded to the Scene and Checked the Train

Gary Stoner of Oklahoma City was one of the passengers on the train which was on its final stop from Fort Worth TX. “There was a quick stop and the train smelled of some kind of smoke, which was probably the brakes being applied,” he said.

Stoner said that the train personnel told passengers they had hit a vehicle. There were responders on the scene after the train was taken to a safer location nearby.  Stoner and the other passengers waited for two hours while the collision site and train were checked by investigators.

Amtrak passenger railroad service

Statement from Amtrak

The passenger railroad service released a statement saying that “There were no reported injuries to the 40 passengers and crew members on board. The Amtrak Police cooperated with Norman Police Department to investigate the incident.”

“Amtrak Heartland Flyer train 822 was on its way from Fort Worth, Texas to Oklahoma City at approx. 9:01 p.m. CT on Friday, January 18, when it came into contact with an occupied vehicle obstructing the tracks at mp 405.3 at a crossing in Norman, Oklahoma.”

A Brief Look at Train Incidents in the United States

A person or a vehicle is hit nearly 2 hours by a train, according to the National Transportation Safety Bureau rail reports.

Some common rail incidents include:

  • Train to train collisions
  • Train to person collisions
  • Train to car collisions
  • Derailment
  • Property damage

Fatality in Numbers

The US Department of Transportation report indicates that there are about over 5,000 train-car accidents each year. These incidents cause 600 deaths and injuries and more than half of all train fatalities occur at crossings that do not implement safety precautions. Or in this case, there are no safety devices that alert or warn motorists.

Nearly 1,000 individuals are killed in train-related accidents each year, and U.S. rail accident statistics estimate that almost every two weeks a train derailment leads to major catastrophes such as a chemical spill or explosion.

Train Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a train accident or you’ve lost a loved one in a train-related incident, Williams Kherkher can help you get justice compensation for your family. Visit us today to discuss your case with our train accident attorneys or call us for a free consultation today by dialing (713) 230-2200.

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