Archive for August, 2012

29
Aug

Indiana Glass Manufacturer Fined $150,000 for Repeat Safety Violations

August 29, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012

Regulators with the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration fined a Shelbyville, Indiana, glass manufacturer $150,000 after inspectors found the company had failed to correct several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in 2010, as well as several Indiana Workers’ Compensation claims. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the fine was the second steepest penalty the agency had issued in the past year.

The investigation began after a 56-year-old maintenance technician at the plant was crushed to death after an air cylinder activated equipment near the conveyor belt he was working on. Regulators found the company had not trained employees on how to properly maintain the conveyor system and had no training program in place.

They also found the equipment was faulty and did not have certain safety features protecting workers from injury in the event of an accident, such as emergency shutoff switches.

The company initially faced a $15,000 fine for the violations. However, earlier this year, inspectors returned to the facility to find no work had been done to improve conditions. The company was again nailed with repeat violations for the same issues and now faces fines more than five times the initial amount.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say that employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has been hurt at work through no fault of their own to discuss their legal options with an attorney.

22
Aug

Three Indiana Refinery Workers Injured by Flash Fire

August 22, 2012

Aug. 22, 2012

Three men were seriously injured on Tuesday at a Whiting, Indiana, oil refinery owned by British Petroleum (BP). The Chicago Tribune reports the incident occurred at around 9:45 p.m. as maintenance was being performed on several pieces of equipment.

Reports say that the three men were contract workers who were repairing a worn out hydrotreater as part of upgrades the facility is undergoing. During the repair, a spark ignited gases that had built up in the area and ignited a flash fire.

One worker was rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation after complaining that he was having trouble breathing. The other two men were treated for burns sustained from the fire. A spokesman for BP stated all three men are currently hospitalized in stable condition.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there has been a dramatic increase in fatalities in the extraction industry, specifically within oil refineries and wells, over the recent years. The agency claims a 74 percent rise in these extraction deaths from 2009 to 2010. This increase has resulted in the need for some workers to file a workers’ compensation claim.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating filing a workers’ compensation claim can be, and they are here to help if you’ve been hurt in an on-the-job accident that was not your fault.

15
Aug

Recent Motorcycle Accident Puts Focus on Current Helmet Laws

August 15, 2012

Aug. 15, 2012

Indiana is one of the few states left in the country where riders of a certain age can choose whether or not to wear a helmet while riding. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that more than 98 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death though, many are questioning if it is time for a change.

Take, for instance, the case of a 59-year-old Indiana man who died as the result of a collision with another vehicle in Muncie on Saturday evening. The Star Press reports the crash happened just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Wolfe Streets.

Reports indicate that the biker was on Main Street and attempting to turn north onto Wolfe when a Jeep struck his motorcycle. The victim was ejected from the machine and died from his injuries several hours after arriving at a local hospital.

Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors of the Indianapolis motorcycle accident, but they did confirm that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say that simply wearing a helmet can reduce a rider’s chance of death in the event of an accident by as much as 50 percent. That is why the firm would encourage anyone who rides a motorcycle to always wear a helmet.

8
Aug

Indianapolis Couple Uses Settlement Funds to Better the Community

August 08, 2012

Aug. 8, 2012

An Indianapolis couple who were seriously injured as the result of an auto accident on their wedding day is using part of their injury claim settlement to benefit youth in the area. The Republic reports the couple has donated $25,000 to benefit getting children active through cycling.

On June 5, 2010, the couple loaded onto a small tour bus with 15 members of their bridal party to take portraits prior to the ceremony. During the trip to the photo location, the bus driver ran a red light and hit another vehicle. A 29-year-old groomsman was killed and 14 others were injured, including the bride and groom.

The couple filed a lawsuit against the company that organized the wedding and tour bus which argued that negligent acts, such as supplying a bus too small for the party and hiring a driver who was not qualified, led to the Indianapolis Auto Accident.

The couple was awarded an undisclosed sum for the broken vertebrae and traumatic brain injury suffered by the groom. They plan to donate a portion of the award to a non-profit organization that will provide bicycle simulators to groups like the Indianapolis Boys and Girls Club to promote fitness among the city’s youth.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to commend the accident victims for taking steps that will surely benefit the lives of people within the community.

1
Aug

Indianapolis Truck Accident Leaves Woman Seriously Injured

August 01, 2012

Aug. 1, 2012

A 27-year-old Indianapolis, Indiana, woman was seriously injured this morning after her SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer. According to FOX 59 News, the crash happened just after 9:30 a.m.at the intersection of Brookville and Davis Roads on the southeast side of town.

Indianapolis Police Department reports indicate that the woman was attempting to turn south onto Davis Road in her Chevy Equinox but soon realized that the road was closed. As she attempted to merge back into the right lane, her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer, trapping the woman inside the mangled wreckage caused by the Indianapolis Truck Accident.

Rescue crews worked frantically to cut the woman free from her vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. A firefighter on the scene suffered heat exhaustion and was taken to the hospital for observation.

Investigators are still determining what factors may have caused the accident; however, statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that truck driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of a crash than any other factor.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say that truck drivers operate under a completely different set of rules and standards than most drivers are accustomed to. That firm suggests exploring your legal options if you have been hurt in a truck accident that was no fault of your own.