It’s our hope that a lawsuit like this one puts employers on notice that these types of safety measures, no matter how small or simplistic, are followed rigorously.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 12, 2013
Following the death of an employee in an industrial accident, the Houston personal injury attorneys at Grossman Law Offices filed a wrongful death lawsuit against SPX Corporation, the employer of the deceased.
The lawsuit (Cause No. 4:13 CV-00039), filed in the 101st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, alleges SPX Corporation was grossly negligent in the death of George Houston. The incident occurred on or about October 11, 2012 when Houston, an employee of SPX, was performing maintenance work on a lathe (a machine which rotates an object on its axis for certain operations). Another employee of SPX then purportedly re-energized the machine, causing Houston to be pulled into the spinning apparatus. Due to the incident, Houston sustained severe injuries resulting in death.
The filing attorney Keith Purdue commented on the lawsuit, “This action represents the duality of our firm’s involvement in this accident. First and foremost, we are here to zealously advocate for our clients, the beneficiaries of Mr. Houston. Compensation following an accident is crucial in the recovery process. The second part of this suit is aimed at attacking the cause of the accident.”
Attorney Purdue continued, “Several of the work accidents we litigate unfortunately involve another employee re-energizing a particular machine that is still being serviced. Following basic OSHA procedures, like Lockout/Tagout, many of these incidents could be prevented.”
Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) is a procedure designed by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to disable machinery and prevent the release of hazardous energy while service or maintenance is being performed. Attorney Purdue noted, “Simple procedures like tagging devices which are under maintenance can save lives. It’s our hope that a lawsuit like this one puts employers on notice that these types of safety measures, no matter how small or simplistic, are followed rigorously.”
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