• October 25, 2022

One Killed in Crane Accident at Eastman Chemical Company in Longview, TX

Longview, TX -- October 24, 2022, one person was killed after an accident involving a crane at Eastman Chemical Company.

Authorities said that the incident happened at Eastman Chemical Company at around 9:00 a.m. Eastman Chemical is located in the area of I-20 and Highway 322.

Right now, the exact cause of the accident remains unclear. Authorities said only that an employee of Joyce Crane on site died as the result of a "crane accident." It's unclear if anyone else was involved in the incident.

The victim has yet to be identified. Details remain under investigation.

Commentary on Joyce Crane Accident at Eastman Chemical in Longview

When it comes to a fatal workplace accident, folks often just assume OSHA and workers' comp is going to handle everything. In reality, that isn't always enough. It rarely has the well being and peace of mind of the victim's family in mind, which is why these situations are usually better off in the hands of independent professionals. Not only can they help get clear answers, they can help uncover whether or not someone needs to be held responsible for the tragedy.

Let me give an example of why waiting on authorities often isn't enough. I had a case a while back where a worker fell from a bucket lift and sustained fatal injuries. For quite a while, it just seemed like a horrible accident. Once the family asked us to look into things, however, the situation proved to be far more horrifying.

One Killed in Crane Accident at Eastman Chemical Company in Longview, TX

What happened was the worker was in the bucket without being provided any kind of safety harness. Then, his supervisor and a co-worker got into an actual fistfight. They hit the controls during the altercation, dumping over the bucket and causing the victim to fall.

Here's where things get a bit gruesome. The victim didn't die. He was critically injured, but the pair didn't call for help. Instead, they ran to a nearby hardware store, bought a safety vest, put it on the man's dying body, then called for help. By then, it was too late.

Now, while the exact circumstances of that terrible event are rather unusual, the notion of an employer engaging in grossly negligent behavior is nothing new. Not only is it important to bring that to light so they can be held accountable, but showing an employer was grossly negligent can help families confront the business in court regardless of whether or not the company is otherwise protected by workers' comp.

Whatever happened here isn't for me to say. All I can say is that I've seen families who were left in the dark, and I've seen families who sought the allies necessary to get the answers they deserved. I can't imagine advocating for anything but the latter for those involved in a tragic accident like this.

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