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Three Companies Indicted for Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion

Three companies are facing indictments for involuntary manslaughter over a 2012 oil rig explosion that took the lives of several workers in the Gulf of Mexico. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, Grand Isle Shipyards and Wood Group PSN face charges levied by the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. The accident occurred after a buildup of hydrocarbon vapors ignited and caused an explosion. Structural damage from the explosion caused a fire on the platform, which spread out of control and killed three workers. In addition to three deaths, several other workers were injured. In past blogs, we have mentioned how workers can lose their lives or suffer catastrophic injuries when companies fail to provide safe working environments for their employees. It might appear this case is a prime example, as the three companies responsible for the accident have been accused of ignoring safety regulations. Under the Outer Continental…
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Centerville Crash Shows the Importance of Proper Tire Maintenance

A 2014 car accident involving a Lafayette High School bus and an SUV shows why it is important to maintain tires. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the crash occurred because the SUV’s left rear tire separated from its tread, sending the large vehicle crashing into a school bus at 70 mph. Four out of five people in the SUV lost their lives and 30 Lafayette High School students were injured. The NTSB investigation discovered the tires on the SUV were 10 years old and in danger of deflating. Accidents similar to this one occur 33,000 times a year across the country, causing 19,000 injuries. Poor tires are especially dangerous in winter months. Cold weather can cause tires to deflate faster than normal.  In addition, poor tread depth can cause tires to lose traction with the road, resulting in car accidents similar to the one we have written…
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Louisiana Lawmakers Ask for Investigation into High School Football Deaths

Two Louisiana lawmakers are calling for a federal study to examine how to prevent fatal injuries among high school football players. The desire for an inquiry comes after several deaths across the nation, including one in Louisiana. The High School Football Safety Study Act will task the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Education and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition to make recommendations for keeping our youngest athletes safe from devastating injuries. If the law is passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, it would signal the beginning of a nationwide push to end these preventable tragedies. Earlier in September, a 16-year-old high school student from Louisiana died after breaking his neck during a play. The young athlete is one of eight to die from football-related injuries in the last eight months. Football has become associated with brain, spinal cord and abdominal injuries. Legislators are…
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