On two consecutive days, two Mormon missionaries have died while on their mission trips. The consecutive deaths happened on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, in Mexico and California. 20 year-old from Idaho, Elder Colt Daniel Kunz had only been in the Mexican Gulf city of Tampico for a month when a freak accident killed him instantly. He was reported to have been walking into a two story building on a ledge, when he accidentally came in contact with a livewire. The wire electrocuted him, and he then fell to his death.
The very next day Andrew Edward Page, 18 year-old from Charlotte, was riding his bicycle when disaster struck. Page had only been in Arcadia, a city in Los Angeles, for two months when he was fatally struck by a car while riding his bike.
In a recent move to up the numbers of missionaries sent abroad, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has lowered the minimum ages for acceptance into the missionary program. In October of 2012 the Utah-based faith announced the new age guidelines. For men, the age was lowered from 19 to 18 and for women the age has been lowered from 21 to 19 years of age. Due to this change, there have been more active Mormon missionaries than ever before. These two mark the 11th and 12th deaths of missionaries this year, the highest in recent years. The rising number of deaths is being blamed on the higher number of active missionaries worldwide; hopefully no more occur.
Not all accidents are unpreventable. If you’re hurt due to another’s error, be it leaving an exposed livewire on their property or careless driving; please contact W.T. Johnson. Our professionals will work their hardest to get your life back on track with the compensation you deserve.
You have the right to work at a safe workplace. If you are working somewhere that has dangerous toxins, your employer is required to tell you. But sometimes you don’t realize until it’s too late that you’ve had toxic exposure at your workplace. If you work with dangerous toxins, or feel you have already had toxic exposure at work, here are some tips on what to do:
- Ask your employer for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS): If you are working with dangerous toxins, your employer should give you a MSDS, which provides you and emergency personnel with information on how to handle a particular substance—such as physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment and spill and leak procedures.
- Look for warning labels or signs: Toxins should be labeled so that you know you need to use precautions when handling them. Also, your employer should post warning signs in areas with poor ventilation or where toxins are present.
- Take preventative measures: Ask your employer if you can use another type of product that is less dangerous. Also, try to keep toxic chemicals isolated and in an area with good ventilation, so there is less chance you will have to interact with them. Wear protective gear such as a ventilator mask or protective clothing if you have to get close to toxic materials.
- Seek medical help immediately: If you have already been exposed to a dangerous toxin at work, you should seek medical help as soon as possible, and alert your workplace so that others can avoid coming into contact with the chemical too.
- Contact a personal injury attorney: If you have been injured by toxic substance at work due to the negligence of your employer, you should contact a personal injury attorney. You deserve compensation for your medical bills, missed work and emotional trauma.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson have years of experience getting those injured at work the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one have suffered a workplace injury, contact us today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
Recently a gulf oil rig platform went up in flames after an explosion on the platform located in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. One dead body was found by divers and one worker is still missing.
There were 22 workers on the platform when the oil rig explosion occurred, according to Coast Guard Capt. Ed Cubanski, chief of the Coast Guard response division in New Orleans. Eleven workers were transported to four area hospitals. Nine others were evacuated from the platform uninjured, he said.
The cause of the oil accident is under investigation, but it appears workers were using a torch to cut a pipe which had around 28 gallons of oil in it, authorities said.
There were about 80 barrels of petroleum product aboard and seven wells on the platform at the time of the explosion, but only about 28 gallons are expected to have released, Cubanski said.
The platform’s owner is Houston based Black Elk Energy. The platform had been shut in “for quite a while” because the export pipeline was being replaced, Black Elk president John Hoffman told KTRK-TV in Houston.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard is also assisting as needed.
If you were the victim of an oil or natural gas accident that occurred due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve justice. Contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today, and we will help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.