ABC 5 Eyewitness News began investigating Pride Transportation in 2019 after the company allegedly refused to cooperate with police when a bus carrying elementary school students went missing for several hours in Brooklyn Park.
According to a preliminary report from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the explosion occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 29 at a pair of oil wells off County Road 127 near Deanville in Burleson County. Workers were upgrading a wellhead when an unexpected amount of natural gas entered the 8,500-foot-deep well and ignited.
A new state study conducted in Richmond, Virginia, found that the state’s workers’ compensation system unfairly blocks firefighters and public safety employees from receiving the health benefits they deserve for the diseases and injuries they suffer because of their jobs.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) recommended the state consider changing the law to add two forms of cancer—brain and testicular cancer—to its list of diseases presumed to have been caused by chemicals firefighters are exposed to when fighting fires. The report also recommends the addition of colon cancer, even though current studies are less conclusive on its link to work-related exposure.
Several explosions at the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas caused three worker injuries in late November, but the impact didn’t stop there. Some plant neighbors miles away saw damage to their homes or properties. It is not yet known if either the injured workers or the impacted homeowners have hired an attorney.
The incident started at 1:00 a.m. on November 27th. The explosion at the plant, which creates products for petroleum and chemical businesses, damaged windows and doors of residences in the surrounding area. The accident reportedly set three tanks on fire and released burning butadiene (a gas used to create plastics and synthetic rubber) into the air. Butadiene is considered a health hazard that can cause cancer and cardiovascular disease, sources say, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that the quantities released were not hazardous.
A Clearwater, Florida worker was sent to the hospital with severe injuries after a fall, news sources report. His employer, an electric company, had sent him to the job site to make necessary repairs when the fall occurred. It is not yet known if he has contracted an attorney.
The 25-foot fall occurred at 9:40 a.m. at the Clear Bay Terrace Apartments, a senior citizen living facility. The worker, a man with 15 years of experience with the company, is reported to have used the lift while it was in the back of the trailer instead of on even ground. There is speculation that he may have tried to use the extra height provided by the trailer to reach a light fixture in order to repair it. Despite his experience, it is not clear if the man received proper training on how to use the lift he was injured on.