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Crane Collapse at Refinery Kills Four Workers

In light of recent crane accidents around the country, crane safety has been a top concern for city officials across the country. Federal investigators from OSHA descended on a Houston oil refinery over the weekend to examine the site of a crane accident that took four workers’ lives and injured seven others. The 30-story-tall crane, which was capable of lifting up to 1 million pounds, had collapsed last Friday around 1:20 pm.

The Louisiana-based crane company Deep South Crane & Rigging released the names of the four dead workers. They were identified as: Marion “Scooter” Hubert Odom III, 41; John D. Henry, 33; Daniel “DJ” Lee Johnson, 30; and Rocky Dale Strength, 30. Two severely injured workers were sent to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital for treatment. Five other injured workers had already been released following treatment.

One lawsuit stemming from the collapse has already been filed in a Harris County state district court on behalf of Grant Pasek, who was injured after jumping from an elevated bucked. Pasek’s attorney told the Houston Chronicle that the temporary restraining to preserve the scene and evidence relating to the crane accident.

Whether you were injured in a crane accident, on a construction site, or other work-related setting in Massachusetts, you deserve medical attention and workers’ compensation. Contact our Cambridge workers’ compensation lawyers to discuss your case. We value your health and safety, and we’ll work you to ensure that you get the best possible treatment.

Crane collapses at Houston refinery, killing 4, Houston Chronicle, July 19, 2008
Investigators begin work at site of crane collapse, Associated Press, July 19, 2008
Crane collapse at oil refinery kills 4, San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2008

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