INSUFFICIENT EMPLOYEE TRAINING Improper training is common in many workplaces, not just refineries. While many plants are diligent about training employees, some are not. Failure to properly train employees is a workplace safety violation that often leads to injury. While refinery explosions make headlines, the aforementioned causes of injury are everyday threats to employees. If you or someone you know has been injured at a refinery work site, contact the Law Office of Don E. McClure, Jr. at 713-571-7777 to discuss your case and legal options.
Refineries are a common sight throughout Houston. Although they are major job creators with high pay and excellent benefits, refineries are also some of the nation’s most dangerous workplaces. Employees are injured at refineries almost daily, and as attorneys who represent refinery employees, we have seen some gruesome cases. While catastrophic injuries aren’t common, there are certain injuries we see repeatedly in cases at the Law Office of Don E. McClure, Jr. OPERATOR ERROR Many refinery tasks require at least two people. When one employee uses heavy machinery or work site tools, there is always potential that another worker will be injured. If one employee injures another, the employer
is still liable for the injury, and the injured employee still has a case.
VEHICLE-RELATED INJURIES Motor vehicles are a hazard to refinery employees even though they are not operated inside the refinery. Trucks and large equipment vehicles arrive carrying heavy cargo for work sites, and that cargo often falls and injures employees. FAULTY EQUIPMENT AND INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE In many Houston refineries, the equipment is out of date. It’s common for refinery owners to save money by delaying fixing or replacing equipment until they are required to do so by law or a union. Old or malfunctioning equipment is a common cause of injury.
It only takes three ingredients to make these crispy, flavorful potatoes. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal. ROASTED PARMESAN PESTO POTATOES
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2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons basil pesto Salt and pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In large bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet or shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast 20 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes and put pan back in the oven. Roast for additional 10–15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy. Remove from oven and serve warm.
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