Articles Posted in Mississippi Work Injury

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OSHA has fined four companies related to the Omega Protein explosion in Moss Point, Mississippi last year. According to news reports, Accu-Fab & Construction, Omega Protein, JP Williams Machine and Fabrication, and Global Employment were all fined, with fines totaling $187,620.

According to OSHA, the fines were levied because the workers injured in the explosion has no training to know the storage tank beneath them contained explosive methane and hydrogen sulfide gasses. The citation highlights the need to verify and remediation fire and explosion hazards in industrial settings. Jerry Lee Taylor, 25, of Helena, Mississippi, was killed in the explosion. Josh Walls, 34; Clay Davis, 40; and Lloyd McGill were injured.

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Mississippi’s Howard Industries, Inc., in Ellisville, Mississippi was recently cited by OSHA for 17 safety violations following the electrocution death of Benjamin Edwards Spoon while testing transformers. According to the OSHA citation, Spoon’s employer failed to have an adequate lock out-tag out procedure, failed to conduct PPE hazard assessments, and failed to provide insulated gloves.

In this situation, the power company Spoon’s employer was hired by could have some liability for using a contractor with known unsafe work practices and/or failing to adequately monitor the work. The Flynn Law Firm has represented injured workers in Mississippi, last year concluding two cases against International Paper for a boiler explosion at the Vicksburg mill. The Flynn Law Firm currently represents an injured lineman in a case pending in Smith County, Mississippi.