• March 22, 2023

Ivan Banuelos Killed in Work Accident in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX -- September 8, 2022, Ivan Banuelos was killed in Odessa due to a work accident where he was reportedly hit by a pump jack.

Right now, exact details surrounding the incident are sparse. OSHA statements say it occurred as Ivan Banuelos was reportedly doing work for Todpat, LLC, based out of Odessa. Due to events unclear, a pump jack hit Banuelos, killing him. While details regarding why this occurred aren't clear right now, OSHA alleges in their reports that there was a violation of standards regarding "specific procedural steps for shutting down, isolating, blocking and securing machines or equipment to control hazardous energy."

Ivan Banuelos Killed in Work Accident in Odessa, TX

I can't say if that claim or the three other alleged violations are true here, as that would require seeing more evidence. However, I did look up the company OSHA named in their reports. The name also shows up in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration database concerning vehicle and driver inspections. That information shows that particular company has had failed inspections in the last two years.

Perhaps these databases are misleading of a much more complex situation, or maybe the companies I'm looking at aren't related. But if evidence shows there's a company drawing the attention of two different federal agencies for allegations of wrongdoing, are they really doing what they can to avoid these kinds of incidents? Or do steps need to be taken to ensure the company involved here doesn't bring harm to anyone else?


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