Abilene, Texas is a city in Taylor and Newton counties with a population of approximately 120,000. It is located about 100 miles northeast of Dallas and is part of the Abilene metropolitan area. Abilene is known for its cattle ranching and oil production. The city has one primary industry, which is machinery manufacturing.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are an estimated 5,000 heavy machine-related injuries annually in the United States.
Despite this statistic, Abilene has a relatively low rate of machine accidents when compared to other U.S. cities. In 2009, the NSC reported that Abilene had only 2.11 accidents per 10,000 workers, which was lower than some other large cities such as Houston (5.39), New York City (4.38), and Chicago (3.87).
The main causes of machine accidents in Abilene are typically related to user error or malfunctions of machines. Many of these accidents occur during the startup or shutdown phases of machinery, when operators are not properly trained or familiar with how the equipment works. Other common causes include slips, trips and falls; contact with
Abilene is home to a diverse mix of manufacturing companies, from small businesses to multinational corporations. Here are five of the biggest manufacturing companies in Abilene:
|Abimar Foods, Inc.
Ab-Tex Beverage, Ltd.
Rentech Boiler Services, Inc.
Tige Boats, Inc.
Lee Dill, Inc.
Pine Street Salvage Co.
Abilene AG Service & Supply, Inc.
|Petrosmith Drilling, LP
Zachry Associates, Inc.
Beall Construction Company, Inc.
Bwj Metalworks, LLC
Strong Ready Mix, Ltd.
Machinery accidents can happen to anyone, regardless of their experience or training. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the risks involved with using machinery, and to take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents from happening. If you have been injured in a machinery accident in Abilene, Texas, contact an experienced machinery accident lawyer as quickly as possible. These accidents can result in serious injuries, and the sooner you can get legal help, the better.
There have been a number of machinery accidents that have caused serious injury or death. Here is a list of Abilene accidents:
|AccidentDate||Employer||City||State||Description||Injury||Body Part||Event||Injury Source||Other Injury Source|
|06/11/2021||CAE-USA-Tampa, Inc.||Abilene||Tx||An employee's left middle finger was crushed.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable|
|01/09/2021||Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages||Abilene||Tx||An employee was removing a sled attachment from his pallet jack. The sled fell on his right hand resulting in amputation of his middle fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.||Vehicle and mobile equipment parts||Pallet jack-powered|
|26/08/2021||BWJ Metal Works, LLC||Abilene||Tx||An employee was picking up a pipe from a plasma table. The pipe slipped out of her hand, catching it against the plasma table. The employee suffered an amputation to the right middle fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by object or equipment dropped by injured worker||Pipes, ducts, tubing|
|19/05/2021||BWJ Metal Works||Abilene||Tx||An employee was repairing a sand blaster machine. After the sand blaster was reassembled, the employee then turned on the generator to check the pressure. The employee went back to check the drum and air was escaping. The employee noticed that the hose was slipping off. The employee grabbed the hose and it slipped off and struck the employee on the left side of the head resulting in a laceration and a swollen left eye.||Cuts, lacerations||Head||Struck by swinging or slipping object, other than handheld, n.e.c.||Hoses||Sandblasters-powered|
|03/05/2021||Integrity Wireline||Abilene||Tx||An employee was handling a pipe and amputated the tips of their right ring and middle fingers.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Contact with objects and equipment||Pipes, ducts, tubing|
|03/05/2021||Integrity Wireline||Abilene||Tx||An employee was using a setting tool when their right middle and ring fingers were caught between the sleeve and the mandrel of the tool, resulting in an injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Nonclassifiable|
|16/03/2021||Pactiv LLC||Abilene||Tx||An employee was starting up a thermoforming machine. As the employee threaded a plastic sheet through an oven, his fingers were pinched in a nip point created by the oven chain as it indexed. He suffered a partial amputation to the right ring finger and a laceration to the right middle finger.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery, n.e.c.||Extruding, injecting, forming, molding machinery|
|07/01/2021||Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc||Abilene||Ks||An employee's hand was burned by hot oil in a fryer.||Heat (thermal) burns||Hand(s)||Contact with hot objects or substances||Fats, oils, cooking greases|
|06/01/2021||Automatic Fire Protection Inc.||Abilene||Tx||An employee tripped on a brick retaining wall and fell to the ground, suffering fractures to the right radius and ulna.||Fractures||Forearm(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces||Walls|
|17/10/2020||Abimar Foods||Abilene||Tx||An employee was trying to fix a feeding issue on a wrapper machine. The feeding mechanism pinched the employee's right middle finger, amputating the fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Packaging, wrapping, bundling machinery|
|29/09/2020||PetroChoice Holdings, LLC||Abilene||Ks||An employee was leaving from the rear of a box truck. As he exited the box, the roll-up door dropped and pinched his left ring and middle fingertips against the truck's deck. The fingertips were amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by swinging part of powered vehicle||Delivery truck or van|
|21/05/2020||Mister Car Wash||Abilene||Texas||An employee was fixing leaks in and around reverse osmosis equipment when he was exposed to the exhaust of a high pressure washer. He became ill and collapsed due to carbon monoxide poisoning.||Poisoning, including poisoning-related asphyxia||BODY SYSTEMS||Inhalation of harmful substance-single episode||Carbon monoxide||Power washers|
|29/04/2020||Great Plains Manufacturing||Abilene||Kansas||An employee was using a press to bend a piece to a 90-degree angle. When the die came down, the piece did not bend 90 percent as it was supposed to, so the employee lifted the die, held the piece with both hands, and activated the press with the foot pedal. The press die then amputated the employee's thumbs from the middle of the nail to the tip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Presses, except printing|
|01/04/2020||Abilmar Foods||Abilene||Texas||An employee was moving a trough full of dough into a secondary mixer when his right hand slipped and his right index finger was caught between the locking mechanism and the trough, resulting in an amputation of his right index fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Mixers, blenders, whippers-food and beverage|
|10/02/2020||Fed Ex||Abilene||Texas||An employee was trying to remove a cat from a warehouse. The cat bit the employee's knuckle.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Other animal bites, nonvenomous||Cats, felines-domestic|
|18/09/2019||BRIDGESTONE BANDAG, LLC||Abilene||Texas||During their work shift, three employees were involved in horseplay that progressed into an altercation. One employee threw a pair of scissors at another employee, puncturing his arm and causing vascular and muscular damage. The injured employee was hospitalized and had surgery.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Arm(s)||Intentional injury by other person, n.e.c.||Co-worker or work associate of injured or ill worker||Scissors, snips, shears-nonpowered|
|26/08/2019||Street Foundation Drilling||Abilene||Texas||An employee was grabbing an overhead cable to pull himself up when the metal cable lacerated his fingers.||Cuts, lacerations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck against stationary object or equipment, n.e.c.||Wire, cables-nonelectrical|
|20/03/2019||Coca Cola Soutwest Beverages||Abilene||Texas||An employee was attaching hooks and a sling to remove a battery. The hook came loose from the connection to the battery and swung, striking the employee who sustained a leg fracture.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Struck by swinging or slipping object, other than handheld, n.e.c.||Material and personnel handling machinery|
|15/01/2019||Luther Construction Company, Inc.||Abilene||Texas||An employee was sawing a board when the saw kicked the board back. The saw blade contacted the employee's left hand, lacerating it and amputating the ring finger.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck against moving part of machinery or equipment||Sawing machinery-stationary|
|14/01/2019||Tige Boats, Inc.||Abilene||Texas||Six employees on night shift were attempting to put out a fire in one of the buildings when they were overcome by the heavy smoke. Two of the employees were hospitalized.||Poisoning, including poisoning-related asphyxia||BODY SYSTEMS||Other structural fire without collapse||Building|
|21/06/2018||Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, LLC||Abilene||Texas||An employee was turning around a riding pallet jack. The employee's left leg became pinned between the jack and the bottom rail of a storage rack, and the employee suffered a broken lower leg.||Fractures||Lower leg(s)||Part of occupant’s body caught between vehicle and other object in nonroadway transport incident||Pallet jack-powered||Racks-garment and other|
|02/05/2018||Walmart Stores||Abilene||Texas||An employee lost balance while operating a vacuum cleaner and fell on her left side, breaking her left hip and requiring hospitalization.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floor|
|05/04/2018||VIP Sports Getaway||Abilene||Texas||An employee was cleaning a flower bed and was bitten by a rattlesnake on the left index finger. He was hospitalized.||Poisoning, toxic, noxious, or allergenic effect||BODY SYSTEMS||Stings and venomous bites||Venomous snakes|
|13/02/2018||Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, LLC||Abilene||Texas||An employee was at the front counter and collapsed, hitting her head on the counter resulting in a knot and contusion on the forehead.||Bruises, contusions||Forehead||Fall on same level||Floor|
|19/01/2018||Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc.||Abilene||Texas||An employee was carrying a 7-foot pipe when he stepped on a pallet and dropped the pipe, which then struck his leg and fractured his femur.||Fractures||Thigh(s)||Struck by object or equipment dropped by injured worker||Pipes, ducts, tubing||Skids, pallets|
|30/09/2017||Pactiv, LLC||Abilene||Texas||After shutting down and cleaning an extrusion chrome roll, an employee restarted the extrusion line. The extrusion sheets were fully threaded and winding when the employee's right hand contacted the sheet pull roller, amputating the first digit of his right thumb.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Extruding machinery|
|23/05/2017||Luster Construction||Abilene||Texas||An employee was standing on a ladder approximately 7 to 8 feet from a lower level when the employee fell, fracturing ribs and suffering a head injury.||Fractures and other injuries||Head and trunk||Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet||Ladders|
|11/05/2017||GREAT PLAINS MANUFACTURING, INC.||Abilene||Kansas||An employee was MIG welding when a spark ignited his shirt. He suffered second and third degree burns to the upper portion of his body, both arms, his neck, and the lower portion of his head. He was hospitalized.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Ignition of clothing from controlled heat source||Blouses, shirts, dresses, trousers, skirts||Welding, cutting, and blow torches|
|09/02/2017||Goodwill West Texas||Abilene||Texas||An employee was walking and talking to a cashier when she struck a column. She fell to the floor and suffered a fractured right wrist, requiring hospitalization.||Fractures||Wrist(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floor||Structural elements, n.e.c.|
|13/01/2017||Street Foundation Drilling||Abilene||Texas||An employee operating a forklift lowered the forks while another employee was loading it. The employee's finger was caught between the pallet and floor resulting in amputation of the right middle finger to the first knuckle.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by powered vehicle-nontransport, n.e.c.||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|10/01/2017||PacTiv LLC||Abilene||Texas||Two employees were removing an air bladder shaft from a paper core inside a plastic roll. The roll was on a pallet on the floor. An employee was stationed at each side of the roll. The injured employee (temporary employee) was pushing the air release valve signaling the other employee to remove the shaft. When the shaft was removed, the injured employee's right index finger was caught between the core and the air release valve causing a fracture/laceration to his right index finger. The inj||Fractures||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Nonclassifiable|
|06/01/2017||Mid Kansas Cooperative||Abilene||Kansas||On Friday, January 6, 2017,at 9:30 a.m., an employee was helping a trailer being loaded with fertilizer. As he stepped forward to notify the driver that the trailer was full, he tripped and fell forward, hitting his nose on the step of the semi-trailer. He was hospitalized overnight with a broken nose.||Fractures||Nose, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Fall on same level due to tripping||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|11/10/2016||ADM Milling Company||Abilene||Kansas||An employee was straightening a hose when he tripped on the screening blower line and fell down, fracturing his right hip.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor|
|16/09/2016||Abimar Foods Inc||Abilene||Texas||An employee was clearing a jam on an energized packaging machine and amputated the end of the right thumb.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Packaging, wrapping, bundling machinery|
|14/09/2016||FedEx Ground||Abilene||Texas||An employee was unloading a truck when she slipped and fell into the truck, fracturing her left ankle. She was hospitalized.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Fall on same level due to slipping||Floor|
|28/07/2016||Health Care Service Corporation||Abilene||Texas||An employee lost her footing while working in her cubicle and fell to the floor, fracturing her left arm.||Fractures||Arm(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floor|
|06/05/2016||Abimar Foods||Abilene||Texas||An employee was removing cookie packages from the conveyor belt when his finger was caught in the bridge of the conveyor belt and pulled under the belt of the machine. The distal phalanges (pinkie) were amputated. The incident happened on 5/6/16 at 8:45 AM.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Conveyors-belt|
|06/04/2016||Bandera Drilling||Abilene||Texas||An employee was breaking a horse when the horse ran into the metal railing of the pen, fracturing the employee's knee.||Fractures||Knee(s)||Animal transportation collision in nonroadway area||Horses and other equines||Fences, fence panels, gates, n.e.c.|
|04/03/2016||Southwest Convenience Stores||Abilene||Texas||An employee was walking to her automobile to travel to her next assignment when she fell off a curb at the site and fractured her arm in four locations. She was hospitalized.||Fractures||Multiple arm locations||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Curbs|
|09/02/2016||Hawkins Air Conditioning and Refrigiration Inc.||Abilene||Texas||An employee was unloading a new chiller from a truck using the lift gate. While trying to get a dolly off of the truck, the chiller fell on and pinned the employee, fracturing his pelvis.||Fractures||Pelvis||Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.||Refrigerators, freezers, ice makers|
|26/01/2016||Pumpco, Inc.||Abilene||Texas||While a backhoe was pulling dirt into a hole, it caught the wire on a nearby barbed wired fence. The backhoe pulled the wire out, causing it to strike and break the leg of a nearby employee.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Struck by object or equipment, n.e.c.||Barbed-wire fences||Backhoes, trackhoes|
|17/12/2015||Academy, Ltd.||Abilene||Texas||An employee was walking in between aisles and caught her foot on the corner of a table. She fell on her right arm and the right side of her face. She experienced bruising and abrasions to the right side of her face. She was hospitalized for a fractured right arm above the elbow that required surgery.||Fractures||Upper arm(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor||Tables, worktables|
|07/10/2015||HARRIS ACOUSTICS||Abilene||Texas||An employee was setting up the site to begin work on a scaffold. When the employee got on the scaffold, the scaffold began to roll. It hit a hole in the floor and fell over. The employee also fell and the scaffold landed on top of him breaking the left leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Other fall to lower level||Scaffolds-self-supporting staging|
|18/09/2015||CDTS Inc.||Abilene||Texas||An employee was cleaning a trailer with a steam cleaner. The vent was not working correctly and the steam turned to water splashing onto the employee. The employee received first and second degree burns on the arms and chest.||Second degree heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Contact with hot objects or substances||Water|
|26/08/2015||Walmart #535||Abilene||Texas||An employee fell and hit the left arm on the counter fracturing it.||Fractures||Arm(s)||Fall on same level||Floor|
|18/08/2015||RUSSELL STOVER CANDIES||Abilene||Kansas||An employee was dumping a plastic trash cart into a compactor. Her right ring fingertip got stuck between the plastic receptacle and the metal frame around it. She sustained a fingertip amputation.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched between two stationary objects||Buckets, baskets, pails|
|11/08/2015||USPS||Abilene||Texas||An employee was folding a box and the lid flipped up causing her to fall backwards. She used her hand to catch her fall and fractured the left wrist.||Fractures||Wrist(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floor||Boxes, crates, cartons|
|09/06/2015||Pioneer Drive Baptist Church||Abilene||Texas||An employee fell and broke both wrists while on a skating field trip.||Fractures||Wrist(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|22/05/2015||ABM Janitorial Services||Abilene||Texas||On or about May 22, 2015, an employee was cleaning with a sweeper and tripped over the cord and fell. The employee broke a bone in the left arm between the elbow and the wrist and hurt a hip.||Fractures||Forearm(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Power cords, electrical cords, extension cords||Vacuum cleaners|
|08/01/2015||Scripps NP Operating, LLC||Abilene||Texas||On January 8, 2015, an Abilene Reporter-News employee was working with the large printing press in the company's press room. He stuck his hand into the roller system and had the skin on his right hand removed ("gloved") by the machine. The employee was taken to Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, where he was awaiting surgical intervention.||Amputations||Hand(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery||Presses-printing|
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