April 24, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that while oil and gas extrication is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States today, the nature of the job also makes it one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Over a three-year period, 404 oil and gas workers died in occupational accidents, and the number continues to grow.
Take, for instance, the case of an Oklahoma City oil rig worker who died in an accident Monday night. Reports from KOCO News indicate that the incident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Southeast 59th Street.
Officers who responded to the scene say that the worker was standing underneath the rig’s hydraulic line when it broke and a large piece of pipe came free. It fell on top of him and the worker was pinned beneath the pipe. Luckily, several co-workers witnessed the accident and were able to lift the hunk of metal and free the man. The victim’s heart had stopped, and although a co-worker attempted in vain to revive the man, a medical examiner declared him dead at the scene.
The Department of Health and Safety says it will continue to investigate the accident to determine its cause.
The Oklahoma Wrongful Death Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the family of the man who was tragically killed in this horrible accident.
April 17, 2012
A recent study published by The Hurt Report found that most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers who fail to see the motorcyclists. The study’s findings suggest that this is the cause of more than 30 percent of all motorcycle accidents. The results also concluded that young riders between the ages of 16 and 24-years-old were overrepresented in these statistics.
A fatal motorcycle accident in Oklahoma City similar to the crashes in the study this past week has claimed the life of a young rider and left another seriously injured. According to KOCO News, a car pulling out in front of the bike caused the accident.
The crash happened on Mustang Road near the intersection with US 152. The two boys were riding a motorcycle when a car pulled out in front of them, causing a collision. The driver of the car claimed that he never saw the motorcycle coming. Both teens were taken to a local hospital where one died three days later and the other was left in a wheelchair.
The Hurt Report also found that the chances of these types of motorcycle crashes could be significantly reduced by utilizing motorcycle headlamps while riding as well as wearing high visibility colors.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to remind all bikers to be sure to wear a helmet anytime you go for a ride.
April 10, 2012
As the weather warms, children across Oklahoma are beginning to play outside again. However, that fun can quickly turn to panic if someone is injured on a piece of home recreational equipment, such as a trampoline.
According to News 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that in 2010, approximately 92,000 people required a visit to the emergency room after being injured on a trampoline. Many of those injuries were serious and potentially life-altering.
For instance, a professional baseball player recently broke his ankle while jumping on a trampoline at home with his 5-year-old son. The injury required surgery as well as six-weeks in a cast to heal. The ball player will then undergo several weeks of rehabilitation to strengthen the ankle that was hurt in the potentially career-ending injury.
Orthopedic surgeon and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. John Purvis, stated, “Although trampolines can be fun for both kids and adults, they pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time.”
This is why he suggests:
- Never let a child use a trampoline unsupervised.
- Spotters should always be present around a trampoline.
- One jumper at a time.
- Trampolines should be placed on level ground.
- Never let a child under 6-years-old use a trampoline.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers suggest following these recommendations closely if you are intending to use a trampoline.
April 3, 2012
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers have the most dangerous job in the United States. This is due to the fact that the industry accounts for more fatal accidents than any other. In 2010 alone, 193 fatal construction accidents occurred.
An Oklahoma construction worker was recently injured in Moore, Oklahoma, after being struck by a vehicle on a job site. A report by KOCO News says the accident happened around 11:00 a.m. Monday at Northwest 5th Street and North Telephone Road.
Witnesses and co-workers of the victim say a white Jaguar sedan pulled into a blocked off section of 5th Street where construction was taking place. When workers told the man he would have to move the car, he became agitated, began cursing, and slammed his foot on the gas pedal. When he accelerated the vehicle and attempted to make a U-turn, he collided with a nearby worker and ran him over. The driver then fled the scene.
The injured worker was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries to his arms and legs, and he also complained of head pain.
The driver turned himself into police a short time later and now faces charges of hit-and-run connected to the case.
The Oklahoma Construction Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to wish the worker injured in this senseless accident a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.