An explosion Friday at the Madden Bolt Corporation, which is located in the Madden Industrial complex on the northwest side of Houston, Texas, has resulted in the death of a worker, when the blast, the origin of which is currently unknown, sent a large piece of equipment flying through the air, until it hit a 31-year-old worker and killed him. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other authorities are currently investigating the matter, to find out what caused the explosion.
This is the second time in less than a year that a worker has died at the Madden Industrial Complex. Back in September 2013, a worker at Madden Galvanizing, which is located at same address, was ejected from his forklift and crushed. In that incident, OSHA cited Madden Galvanizing for numerous workplace safety violations, for failing to provide a seatbelt for the forklift operator and for improper training of the operator. According to the company, that matter was settled for $18,900 in fines, without the company having to admit fault. For its part, OSHA disputes the claim of a no fault admission.
OSHA’s accident investigation will be thorough, and it will come from a workplace safety regulatory perspective. Investigators will attempt to find out if anything could have been done to prevent this tragic accident. Given the company’s recent safety record, the investigation may be even more thorough than usual. When two workers die in the space of a year, that’s an indication that an employer is not taking safety seriously. Although accidents can happen at any time at any worksite, employers have an absolute obligation to every worker to do everything possible to keep them as safe as possible. Despite this requirement, OSHA’s annual report notes that there were 4,383 on the job fatalities in 2012 alone.
While federal and Texas state agencies have been charged with enforcing workplace safety rules and regulations, it is ultimately always the company’s responsibility to keep workers safe. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed on the job, you may be entitled to compensation, if the employer can be proven negligent. Contact the Texas Worksite Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm today as soon as possible to preserve your rights.