In Brownsville, Texas, machinery accidents are a common occurrence. This is because Brownsville is an industrial community and many businesses operate there. Unfortunately, some businesses often do not have the resources to properly maintain their machinery. This can lead to accidents, especially when workers are doing something they are not familiar with. There have been several machinery accidents in Brownsville recently involving large machines. In each case, there were injuries and some people died as a result.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a machinery accident in Brownsville, Texas, please contact an attorney today. We can help you negotiate a settlement with the responsible party and protect your rights.
Brownsville is home to a variety of manufacturing companies, including oil and gas drilling equipment manufacturer
|Keppel Amfels, Inc.
Trico Technologies Corporation
Kemet Blue Powder Corporation
International Shipbreaking Limited, L.L.C.
National Electric Coil Co., L.P.
Austin Star Detonator Company
Tex-Mex Cold Storage, Inc.
|Pesa Labeling Systems, Inc.
America Instrument Inc.
Chem-Pruf Door Co., Ltd.
Grant Products International, Inc.
Exel Bobbins and Plastics Components, Inc
Gobar Systems Inc.
These companies have helped drive the local economy and create numerous jobs in Brownsville.
The Brownsville Texas machinery accident examples below demonstrate the dangers that can be posed by machines. The accidents can lead to serious injuries, and in some cases, death. If you are injured in a machinery accident in Brownsville, Texas, you may have legal recourse available to you and it’s important to contact a lawyer today.
|AccidentDate||Employer||City||State||Description||Injury||Body Part||Event||Injury Source||Other Injury Source|
|03/11/2021||SpaceX Launch Facility||Brownsville||Tx||A crew was using a magnetic lift to lower a 500-pound section of square tubing into place. The injured employee had their hand partially inside one end of the tubing when the magnet failed and dropped the square tubing, injuring their left hand including crushed fingers and amputations to the ring finger and thumb.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Metal pipes, tubing||Material and personnel handling machinery|
|07/10/2021||Alandro Plastic Resources LLC||Brownsville||Tx||An employee was walking across a shipping and receiving bay door opening when they were struck by a powered industrial truck reversing out of the bay door, resulting in a broken left ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|11/08/2021||Heartland Fabrication||Brownsville||Pa||An employee was working on a steel component that was resting on a piece of wood cribbing, about 8 inches off the ground. The cribbing broke and the component fell onto the employee's feet, crushing both of them.||Crushing injuries||Foot (feet)||Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.||Parts and materials||Scaffolds-improvised staging|
|21/05/2021||Mueller Co||Brownsville||Tx||An employee was installing a cap in a valve and amputated their left index fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Caps, lids, covers||Valves, nozzles|
|17/05/2021||JC Concrete||Brownsville||Tx||An employee was using a circular saw to cut wooden planks into stakes. The saw caught his shirt and was pulled toward his abdomen, lacerating it. He was hospitalized with a 10-inch cut from the right side of his torso to the left side of his navel.||Cuts, lacerations||Abdomen, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Saws-powered, except chainsaws||Blouses, shirts, dresses, trousers, skirts|
|13/05/2021||Rich Products Corporation||Brownsville||Tx||Two employees were operating forklifts in a freezer. One forklift stopped to let the other go by. One of the forklifts slid on the icy floor and its forks struck the left calf of the other forklift's operator, fracturing their shin.||Fractures||Lower leg(s)||Nonroadway collision with other vehicle||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|06/05/2021||South Texas Welding Service||Brownsville||Tx||Two employees were working to cut and remove a 12-inch neck flange and replace it with a pipe section. Both employees pulled the flange out. The 50 to 60 pound flange then pinched and amputated the right middle fingertip of one of the employees.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Fasteners, connectors, ropes, ties|
|04/05/2021||GRANDE CHEESE COMPANY||Brownsville||Wi||Three employees were working with a forklift to lift a cheese mixer and transport it into a plant. One employee's left ring finger was pinched between the mixer and a forklift mast, causing a fracture and amputation to the fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered||Mixers, blenders, whippers-food and beverage|
|01/04/2021||All Star Metals, L.L.C.||Brownsville||Tx||An employee was removing a bolt from an engine block when the block sank due to rain and crushed the employee's foot, resulting in broken bones.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Vehicle and mobile equipment parts||Rain|
|24/09/2020||Department of Homeland Security||Brownsville||Tx||On September 24, 2020, at about 7:20 AM, an ATV unit agent was assisting in the apprehension of three suspects. While working the group via the ATV, one suspect ran out of a cornfield in front of the ATV. The agent applied the brakes to avoid striking the suspect, flipping the ATV in the process. The ATV then rolled over the agent. The agent was hospitalized for a fractured scapula.||Fractures||Shoulder(s), including clavicle(s), scapula(e)||Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway||ATV, all terrain vehicle||Suspect not yet apprehended|
|31/08/2020||Michels Corporation||Brownsville||Wi||An employee was manually unloading sections of counterweight pipe. Each pipe had swiveling D-rings mounted on the ends to be used for lifting the pipes with slings. The employee's finger got caught between a D-ring and a pipe resulting in a partial finger amputation.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Pipes, ducts, tubing|
|31/08/2020||Dish Network||Brownsville||Tx||An employee fell while climbing down an A-frame ladder, landing on the ground about 3-5 feet below and suffering broken vertebrae.||Fractures||Nonclassifiable||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Step ladders||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|14/03/2020||SpaceX||Brownsville||Texas||While actuating a control valve, an employee was struck by a jet stream of hot water from a nearby hose. The employee sustained first and second degree burns.||First degree heat (thermal) burns||Nonclassifiable||Contact with hot objects or substances||Water||Hoses|
|14/02/2020||Keppel AmFELS, L.L.C.||Brownsville||Texas||Three employees were moving steel plates using an overhead crane. One employee's left little finger was caught between the ring of the lifting clamp and the hook of the crane chain, causing an amputation of the fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Clamps, couplings||Hooks, shackles, magnets, clamshells|
|20/09/2019||AllStar Metals||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was cutting a large piece of metal with a torch. The lines that supplied gas to the torch burst into flames, causing first- and second-degree burns to the employee's thighs and abdomen.||Second degree heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Vehicle or machinery fire||Welding, cutting, and blow torches|
|29/08/2019||U.S. Customs and Border Protection||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was riding in the cargo bed area of an ATV while completing an exercise when she fell off the ATV and hit her head on the pavement. She was hospitalized with a fracture at the temporal lobe and hemorrhage of the frontal lobe.||Skull fracture and intracranial injury||Brain||Fall or jump from vehicle in normal operation, nonroadway||ATV, all terrain vehicle|
|14/05/2019||INTERNATIONAL SHIPBREAKING LIMITED, LLC||Brownsville||Texas||Employees were cutting heating coil pipes using an electric reciprocating saw inside a starboard cargo tank on a barge. Gasoline vapors ignited and employees received first, second, and third degree burns. Two employees were hospitalized.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Nonclassifiable||Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids||Gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel||Saws-powered, except chainsaws|
|06/05/2019||HRP Brownsville, LLC||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was helping to move pieces of scrap metal. When the magnet crane was loading the scrap metal, the employee's left ring finger was caught and crushed between two pieces of scrap metal. The employee was hospitalized.||Crushing injuries||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Contact with objects and equipment||Scrap metal|
|18/03/2019||Rich Products Corporation||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was cleaning the scraper bar on a freezer belt exit. The employee's right ring finger was caught between the scraper and the belt; the top knuckle (right under the nailbed) and finger pad were amputated.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Conveyors-belt|
|12/02/2019||Plitt Crane & Equipment Inc.||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was operating a differential crane weighing 300 pounds. He placed a clamp to secure the crane onto the cable. The clamp came undone and the crane fell onto the employee's left leg breaking it. The employee was hospitalized for treatment.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.||Cranes||Clamps, couplings|
|09/10/2017||Sodexo Services of Texas LTD Partnership||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was operating a blender machine. As she pushed an onion through the processor, her right middle finger was amputated.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Mixers, blenders, whippers-food and beverage|
|02/10/2017||HRP Brwnsville||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was grabbing a pipe he was torch cutting when the pipe fell on his hand, amputating one of his fingertips.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment||Metal pipes, tubing|
|13/06/2017||Magic Valley Concrete||Brownsville||Texas||An employee fell from the tire of a front-end loader while performing maintenance on the vehicle, injuring his back and head.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Head and trunk||Other fall to lower level||Bucket, front-end, end, and pay loaders|
|12/05/2017||Global Optics L.L.C.||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was running a service line to the residence. The ladder shifted as he was climbing it, causing him to fall approximately 10 feet to the ground. The employee sustained a broken left wrist requiring surgery to repair and lacerations to the face and right arm.||Fractures||Wrist(s)||Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet||Movable ladders|
|28/02/2017||Brownsville Marine Products||Brownsville||Pennsylvania||An employee was working on the paint line when the employee's right index finger was injected with paint by a stationary pain gun. The high pressure injury will require surgery.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by discharged object or substance||Paint||Sprayers, air guns-paint|
|13/02/2017||Michels Corporation||Brownsville||Wisconsin||An employee was performing maintenance activities on a rock crushing machine when the machine's bucket struck him. He suffered a chest contusion and was hospitalized.||Bruises, contusions||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Struck by swinging part of powered vehicle||Compactors, crushers, pulverizers-earth, mineral|
|06/02/2017||United Rentals||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was climbing down equipment to secure it to the rear trailer of an 18-wheeler. His ring was caught as he was climbing down, and he sustained an avulsion injury to his left ring finger.||Avulsions, enucleations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Contact with objects and equipment, n.e.c.||Machinery||Jewelry, ID badge lanyards|
|09/08/2016||Community Development Corporation of Brownsville||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was on a ladder and fell 4 to 5 feet fracturing a disc in the lower back.||Fractures||Lumbar region||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Movable ladders||Structural elements, n.e.c.|
|07/06/2016||Keppel AmFELS, LLC||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was handing materials to scaffold erectors when a metal grate was displaced. The employee fell approximately 10 feet and suffered a broken ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet||Nonclassifiable||Grates and drains in floor surface|
|24/05/2016||Goodwill Industries Of South Texas||Brownsville||Texas||An employee climbed a ladder to remove a ceiling tile and gain access to a locked office. The employee went over the wall, stepped on a ceiling tile, and fell through the ceiling to the floor, breaking both heels and requiring surgery.||Fractures||Heel(s)||Fall through surface or existing opening||Ceilings|
|16/02/2016||Valley Baptism Medical Center||Brownsville||Texas||An employee walking down the hall tripped and fell resulting in shoulder and knee injuries.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Multiple body parts||Fall on same level due to tripping over self||Floor|
|28/12/2015||905/BMW Inc.||Brownsville||Texas||On 12/28/15, an employee was putting oil into a motor on top of a railcar about 20 feet in the air. The employee's right arm was caught in a pulley attached to the motor breaking three fingers. He was hospitalized for surgery.||Fractures||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Drums, pulleys, sheaves|
|18/08/2015||Rain for Rent, Inc.||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was standing near a hose/pipe connection. The pressurized water hose came loose and struck an employee while moving at a great speed and force, breaking his leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Struck by dislodged flying object, particle||Hoses|
|17/07/2015||Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Patrol||Brownsville||Texas||An employee driving an ATV flipped and broke a leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway||ATV, all terrain vehicle|
|15/06/2015||Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol||Brownsville||Texas||A Border Patrol Agent was bitten by a tick and eventually required hospitalization.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Nonclassifiable||Nonvenomous insect bites||Ticks and mites|
|11/06/2015||All Star Metals, LLC||Brownsville||Texas||An employee walked close to an elevator opening. He rested his hand on the barricade (chain) that didn't hold his weight. He fell twelve feet resulting in a non-displaced fracture of his lower back and a possible fracture of his right foot.||Fractures||Lumbar region||Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet||Elevators||Chains, n.e.c.|
|10/06/2015||Brownsville Marine Products||Brownsville||Pennsylvania||An employee sustained a finger injury when it was caught in a chain hoist.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Overhead hoists|
|07/06/2015||INTERNATIONAL SHIPBREAKING LIMITED, LLC||Brownsville||Texas||An employee was closing a gate when the gate became unhinged and fell on him. He was hospitalized and underwent surgery for a fractured pelvis and dislocated hip.||Fractures and dislocations||Multiple pelvic region locations||Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.||Gates||Hinges|
|29/04/2015||MK Industries, Inc.||Brownsville||Pennsylvania||An employee punctured a lung while moving welding equipment into a work area.||Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable|
|26/03/2015||All Star Metals LLC||Brownsville||Texas||An employee's right hand and wrist got caught while helping a mechanic declog a piston.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Hand(s) and wrist(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Parts and materials|
|23/03/2015||Brownsville Marine Products, LLC||Brownsville||Pennsylvania||On March 23, 2015, an employee pinched their finger between a side section and a support, suffering an avulsion. The employee went to the hospital and received stitches to their left ring finger.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Compressed or pinched between two stationary objects||Nonclassifiable|
|27/02/2015||Brownsville Marine Products, LLC||Brownsville||Pennsylvania||An employee was standing near a pot belly natural gas heater, and his clothing caught on fire. The employee was admitted to the hospital.||Heat (thermal) burns||Nonclassifiable||Ignition of clothing from controlled heat source||Clothing||Furnaces, heaters|
|27/01/2015||ESCO Marine, Inc.||Brownsville||Texas||Employee was in yard #1 cutting metal with a 6 ft. cutting torch when sparks from the torch ignited his shirt. He sustained second degree burns to the upper right side of his torso, arm, chest, and a portion of his abdomen.||Second degree heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Ignition of clothing from controlled heat source||Welding, cutting, and blow torches|
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