• May 17, 2017

One Killed in Work Accident at Richey Collision on Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- A work-related incident in the area of Houston, TX led to the death of an unidentified man Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

The incident took place at Richey Collision at 12221 Veterans Memorial Drive.

The report claims the victim died from inhaling fumes after hooking up nitrogen gas as opposed to oxygen in a paint booth.

The exact cause of the incident is unclear.

Local officials are investigating the incident in an effort to determine the exact cause.

The report provided no further information at the time of its release.

map of the area

Commentary

As is often the case, the early media reports provide few details following so soon after the fact. It's unclear at this time what led to the victim's passing. However, in all work-related accidents of this type, the need for a thorough investigation is imperative.

Some people mistakenly believe that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is going to provide the answers they're looking for. Unfortunately, OSHA investigations suffer from two problems. First, their primary concern is with looking for safety violations at the workplace and fining the company. The truth is that OSHA couldn't care less about any potential civil claims that a family may have and they won't go out of their way to look for useful evidence.

A second problem with waiting on OSHA is that the surviving family members will be waiting a long time. Like most government agencies, OSHA does their job in a professional, but not a timely manner. For the family this means that while they're waiting around for OSHA to finish their work, valuable evidence is disappearing from the work site.

In order for us to better determine exactly what occurred, we need to conduct a more thorough, scientific, and impartial investigation into what took place at this auto shop. Providing answers for families of work accidents is the least we can and should do.

--Grossman Law Offices

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