Eric T. Chaffin

Was the Drilling Company Negligent in Five Oil-Rig Deaths?

On Monday, January 22, 2018, an explosion rocked an oil rig south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reports showed that 16 employees escaped with minor injuries, with one employee airlifted to a nearby hospital with burn injuries. Five more employees, however, were […]

T. Thomas Metier

In a Negligence Case, Should the Court Presume a Defendant Was at Fault Unless He Proves Otherwise or Must Negligence Be Proved by the Asserting Plaintiff?

In Bedford v. Doe, No. 10-4558, (8th Cir. Dec. 12, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit undertook this issue. Raeburn Bedford (“Bedford”) was a truck driver who was injured after he opened the door to […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Ohio Contractor Exposes Roofers to Fall Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Ohio roofing contractor, Casey Bortles, for safety violations. They found that the contractor was not protecting his employees from falls and other hazards, and proposed penalties of $91,629. Bortles has been […]

Mark Bello

Parents Plead for Rights in an Adult Child’s Wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit is usually filed by a representative of the estate of the deceased victim, on behalf of surviving family members. Who those survivors can be varies from state to state. In all states, a spouse may bring […]

Eric T. Chaffin

After Two Employees Injured, Ohio Company Cited for Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited the NOX Corporation, which designs and manufacturers luxury vinyl tile flooring, for machine safety violations. The company is headquartered in South Korea, but it was the Ohio facility, which was recently […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Trench-Related Fatality

On September 28, 2015, a 21-year-old man was installing a sewer line 11 feet underground at a commercial construction site in Butler, Pennsylvania. As part of a four-man crew, he finished digging the trench about 2:00 pm Monday afternoon, but […]

Bryan Pope

10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

While most view the New Year as a time to make resolutions for the upcoming year, the Burea of Labor Statistics (BLS) take this time to release data on fatal occupational injuries. Basically a listing of America’s most dangerous jobs, […]

Steven J. Klearman

Data Shows Fatal Work Injuries Are on the Rise

A report published recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2016, fatal work injuries in the nation reached their highest level since 2008, with dramatic increases in workplace violence and overdose fatalities. There were 5,190 fatal […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Wisconsin Milling Company Fined $1.8 for Safety Violations that Led to Fatal Explosion

Didion Milling, a corn milling and soy processing company headquartered in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 14 safety violations, with proposed fines totaling $1.8 million. The company was put under […]

Eric T. Chaffin

15 Workers Suffer Amputations at Chicago Manufacturing Plant

BWAY Corporation, a manufacturer of rigid packaging—which includes metal, plastic, and hybrid containers—was recently cited for five repeated and five serious safety violations at its Chicago location. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received four reports of workers suffering […]