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Lawsuit filed over defective products sold to military

Serving in the military is, by nature, a dangerous profession for men and women in Texas or elsewhere around the world. Military personnel undergo rigorous training to protect their countries and to safeguard themselves. They rely on equipment, arsenals and various types of transportation to execute their duties. Despite the training and tools the military has at its disposal, the likelihood of death or serious injury is always looming. A fatal accident that occurred last year due to defective products sold to the military is at the center of a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed in another state.

In April 2017, a 22-year-old Army specialist was on a training mission in a Black Hawk helicopter along with the pilot and a warrant officer. Roughly 20 minutes into the mission, the aircraft began vibrating and the crew informed ground control that the tail rotor was malfunctioning. Before they were able to land, the gearbox for the tail rotor broke away and caused the helicopter to crash, according to court documents.

Don't let the excitement of the holidays set your house on fire

Most people in Texas look forward to the winter holidays for months, anticipating the celebrations and exciting times with family and friends. However, you might not be aware of the unique fire hazards that the holiday festivities present. The U.S. Fire Administration says a significant number of house fires occur during the winter months.

Regardless of what holiday you and your loved ones celebrate, a house fire would likely be the worst thing that can happen. However, you can take precautions to prevent a house fire and ensure happy holidays for you and your guests.

Diesel exhaust fumes can cause oilfield workplace accidents

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently reminded employers in the oil and gas industry nationwide, including Texas, about the potential consequences of diesel exhaust exposure. Along with the health problems posed by the diesel particulate matter (DPM) contents of the diesel exhaust fumes come the risks of workplace accidents. The short-term effects of such exposure could be distractive enough to jeopardize the abilities of workers involved in tasks that require precision.

Authorities say high concentrations of DPM are present wherever compressors, generators, earth-moving equipment and trucks are used. Exposure causes dizziness and headaches along with nose, throat and eye irritations that can be disabling. Prolonged exposure to DPM can cause respiratory, cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular disease, and it might even lead to lung cancer.

Are truck drivers more likely to drive while drowsy?

There are many things that can cause truck accidents, but one of the most common – and most dangerous – is drowsy driving.

Drowsy driving happens when a driver is sleepy or fatigued, which can occur due to not sleeping enough or something else such as an untreated sleep disorder, medications, drinking alcohol or shift work.

Defective products leave contractor dead; lawsuit filed

Many Texas residents and others around the country use natural gas in their homes. Various mechanical pieces are used to tap into the gas lines to connect to the houses. Homeowners go about their days, assuming that these connections have been made properly and that the parts were manufactured correctly. However, as within any industry, defective products sometimes enter the marketplace and can have catastrophic results when used in gas lines. A lawsuit has been filed in another state against Honeywell and other parties after an explosion in a home resulted in the death of a contractor.

In 2017, an explosion occurred from a gas leak caused by defective nylon bolts used as the connectors. The contractor working in the home at that time died as a result of the explosion. The lawsuit was filed against Honeywell, the manufacturer of the nylon bolts. Also named in the suit was the company that installed the bolts, Contractors Group, Inc.  The lawsuit also included PPL Corporation for allegedly not having a shut-off policy in place when gas leaks occurred.

Pedestrian deaths continue to rise

Walking is great exercise. Not only does it help your heart, but it also gets you outdoors and in the Texas sunshine. Fitness trackers tell you how many steps you have left to reach the recommended 10,000 per day, and you may take advantage of your lunch hour or proximity to a friend's house to get out and walk.

While you receive many benefits from walking, it may also be hazardous to your health. Pedestrians have few outdoor areas where they can walk without encountering motorized vehicles -- an impact with which could cause serious injuries or death. A close call with a vehicle tends to remind you just how fragile life is and how vulnerable you are when walking.

Carbon Monoxide Exposure in Hotels

As exemplified by a recent incident in Nashville, Tennessee, all too often hotel guests find themselves having to be evacuated because of exposure to carbon monoxide.  Sadly, some don't make it out of the hotel alive, and others suffer long term debilitating effects from the carbon monoxide exposure. 

Fires Caused by Home Appliances

According to news reports, at around 10 p.m. on November 2, 2018, a two alarm building fire broke out in a townhouse in southwest Houston, killing one man and injuring his 36-year-old son.  Wyatt Law Firm, Ltd. ( expresses our condolences to the family and our hope that the son's injuries are not life threatening.

Avoiding the tragedy of an apartment fire

A homeowner can do many things to protect the home and its occupants. Installing smoke detectors, alarm systems and other safety devices is one step, and keeping the home and premises free from hazards is another. However, if you live in an apartment, you may not have as much control over your own safety.

In a single year, about 95,000 apartment fires devastated lives and families in Texas and across the country. Hundreds died and thousands suffered injuries. The tenants in these apartments were at the mercy of their landlords to put in place fire prevention measures and provide a home that was as safe as reasonably possible. In many cases, the landlord failed in that responsibility.

New data should increase understanding of workplace accidents

Employers in Texas and throughout the country are expected to provide safe environments for their workers at their job sites. Government and industry standards are often rigorous, depending on the type of business. Unfortunately, even with these standards, workplace accidents still routinely occur. To better understand the types and frequencies of accidents and how to prevent them, a section about the workplace has been added to the database of injury facts published by the National Safety Council.

Statistics presented at a recent safety expo revealed that workplace fatalities increased 7.3 percent in 2016, the latest year for which data is available. Reports showed that the main causes of job-related deaths were attributed to falls, transportation and violence. The industry hopes that by studying the trends, experts can better focus on how to make work environments safer.

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