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SAFD warns of space heater safety to prevent house fires

The personal injury lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm became aware that within the past week, San Antonio Fire Department responded to numerous calls for house fires which causes were directly related to space heaters. Starting on January 20, 2019, a woman and her two pets were evacuated from a house fire when witnesses called firefighters due to seeing heavy smoke engulfing the living room of the home. Firefighters later discovered that a space heater was the cause of the fire. Another major fire occurred on January 23, 2019, where a space heater place inside an outdoor shed caught fire, killed a dog, and melted off the siding of the flame-engulfed shed. The space heater that was most likely priced at under $100 caused a steep $25,000 worth of damage. Finally, the third of many other space heater fires that have plagued the area ignited just before 6 a.m. on January 28, 2019. A 67-year-old man was killed in a house fire in Southwest Bexar County. Authorities discovered that the fire was likely caused by a space heater. The elderly man died from smoke inhalation, and two other family members who resided in the home suffered from severe burns.

Report finds contract construction workers among most commonly electrocuted

A recent report published by the National Fire Protection Association found that construction workers under contract are those most commonly affected by accidental death by electrocution. The report uses data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to analyze the frequency of fatal electrical injuries of contract workers.

Workers seriously injured in Midland pipeline explosions

A series of three natural gas pipeline explosions injured four pipeline employees and a volunteer firefighter at 11:30 am on Wednesday, August 1. The pipeline blasts happened on Farm-to-Market Road 1379, about twenty miles southeast of Midland. The first of the explosions started a fire. The pipeline workers and the firefighter had managed to quell the blaze, when two additional explosions followed in quick succession. The pipeline employees suffered serious burns and were transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock. The firefighter was taken to Midland City Hospital. So far, the cause of the explosions has not been determined.

Explosion at Gatesville hospital kills 1 and injures 12

On the afternoon of June 26, a massive explosion tore through a construction site at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas. The blast killed one construction worker and seriously injured 12 workers. The injured workers were transferred to area hospitals, including Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple and Hillcrest in Waco. Some of the injured workers suffered serious burns. Four of the most critically injured workers who were initially sent to Baylor White and Scott Hospital were later transferred to Dell Seton at the University of Texas.

The oil and gas industry must now report severe injuries

The oil and gas industry has long been the cornerstone of the Texas economy. If you have worked in this industry all your life, it is possible that your parents and grandparents also had jobs related to energy. It is also quite likely that you or someone you know has suffered an injury on the job.

When using space heaters leads to injuries or worse

Texas has seen some lower temperatures than usual so far this winter season. This may cause more people to utilize space heaters in order to keep warm. While these devices are small and convenient, they can also be quite dangerous to use. If you have suffered injuries due to a malfunctioning space heater, the use of the wrong type of space heater for the space or a fire started by a space heater, you may seek compensation for your losses.

Easing the pain of burn injuries

If you have ever accidentally dripped hot grease on yourself or bumped the edge of a pan taken out of a hot oven, you know how badly such injuries can hurt. When it comes to severe burns, unfathomable pain and long, arduous recoveries are common among those who are victims of such injuries. If you are currently navigating the healing process after suffering serious burns on one or more parts of your body, you are likely relying on various people for support.

Don't get burned again: Know how to seek recovery for your losses

You may remember how your family rejoiced when they learned you had survived a fire or or explosion. Hopefully, rescue response time was swift and you were quickly transported to the nearest burn trauma unit in your area. Since then, you may have already overcome various challenges during recovery. Recuperation following such accidents is often long and arduous. Thankfully, there are many support networks available in Texas to help you maximize your recovery potential.

A chemical burn can place your vision at risk

You wear safety goggles at work because you know the dangers of the chemicals you work with and the consequences of getting those substances in your eyes. However, in one split second, the chemicals were in your face, and your eyes began to burn. Thankfully, your job site has an eye wash station where co-workers helped you rinse your eyes until help arrived.

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