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Blog Posts in April, 2013

  • Workers Threaten to Strike at Exxon Mobil Refinery in Baytown

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Apr-2013

    An Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery located in Baytown is under fire as workers threaten to strike because of the unsafe work conditions. According to the Houston Chronicle, United Steelworkers is a union that represents 850 workers at the refinery and believes a strike is in order. United Steelworkers has already issued a 60-day notice to Exxon Mobil concerning their intent. The strike will be called ...
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  • Three Lawsuits Filed Over West Fertilizer Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Apr-2013

    Last week, a deadly explosion occurred in West, Texas claiming the lives of dozens of individuals, and injured about 200 in the small community of 2,800 people. According to local Waco news reports, a third lawsuit has been filed by an injured victim from the explosion that caused severe pain and suffering throughout the town of West. This suit was filed by a grandmother who argues that her ...
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  • Investigators are still looking over the scene of an oil refinery fire that injured 12 contract workers at the ExxonMobil oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas last week. According to reports by the Washington Post, a fire at the ExxonMobil refinery left 12 workers with burns and some with fractures and other injuries. Three of the workers at the scene of the accident were critically burned and were ...
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  • Shocking Safety Lapse May Have Contributed to Deadly Plant Blast

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 22-Apr-2013

    As the surviving residents of West, TX struggle to understand their losses after a fertilizer plant in the city’s midst exploded, new evidence has emerged that the plant operators were negligent when it came to safety. Texas law stipulates that plants like the one that exploded need to be equipped with sprinklers and other safety mechanisms, but since the blast, which killed up to 15 people, ...
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  • As a result of the devastating chemical plant explosion in West, Texas this week; there is a great concern regarding the present issue of ammonia exposure for those in the area of the accident. Sadly, many victims of the explosion have been injured and killed as a result, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragedy. At this time there are 15 fatalities and another ...
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  • Update on Texas: Nation Offers Support as 35 Casualties are Confirmed

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 19-Apr-2013

    On the morning after the largest fertilizer plant explosion on United States soil since 1947, the nation woke up hoping, to no avail, that the news from the previous day had been but a dream. It was not a dream – but rather a real-life nightmare affecting hundreds of physically injured victims and thousands of mourning Americans. In the midst of this tragedy, key figures in the media and ...
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  • Wednesday morning in Beaumont, Texas a refinery flash fire occurred at the ExxonMobil site. At the time of the incident the processing unit in which the fire occurred was shut down for maintenance, though there were contract workers on the site conducting the repairs through various contracting companies in the area. Twelve of these workers were injured on the scene, four of which were reported to ...
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  • The History of the West, Texas Fertilizer Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Apr-2013

    Yesterday, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas caught fire and the flames reacted with the ammonia stored at the plant to create a massive explosion. As a result, the entire plant went up in flames and an explosion registered at a 2.1 magnitude, leveling houses near the industrial site. While the tragedy is massive and the town of West has been devastated by the loss of as many as 40 citizens, the ...
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  • UPDATED: West Texas Fertilizer Company Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 18-Apr-2013

    Yesterday evening a fertilizer plant in West, Texas caught fire; resulting in a devastating explosion that has injured and killed many victims the small tight-knit community. According to recent report updates, between 5 and 15 victims have died from the explosion, and at least 100-160 victims who are suffering varying levels of injuries. The extent of the property damage is not yet known, though ...
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  • UPDATED: ExxonMobil Refinery Fire, the Investigation Continues

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 18-Apr-2013

    Yesterday morning in Beaumont, Texas, a flash fire at the ExxonMobil refinery started. Though the fire occurred in a unit that was closed down for maintenance, there were still a dozen workers who were injured by the flames. According to reports by local papers, four of the 12 victims are critically injured. The employees who were injured on the job were contract workers employed by various ...
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  • Employer Non-Subscriber Claim Filed on Behalf of Injured Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 18-Apr-2013

    Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney with Arnold & Itkin LLP have filed an employer non-subscriber claim on behalf of an injured worker; the case is pending in Travis County, Texas. The employee was working for the Austin Budget Signs, Inc. company at the time of the injury. The company is known for their creating and maintaining signs throughout the Austin, Texas area. ...
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  • West, Texas Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Apr-2013

    On Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013, a major explosion took place after a fertilizer plant had caught fire in the town of West, Texas – about 20 miles north of Waco. Emergency crews from all over Central Texas responded to the devastating scene in the small town of roughly 2,600 people. Numerous injuries had been reported, and ambulances and helicopters had been dispatched to transport ...
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  • Fire at Exxon Refinery; 12 Workers Injured

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Apr-2013

    In Beaumont, Texas 12 contract workers were injured this morning when a fire broke out at the site. According to Yahoo! News, the fire started on a shut hydrotreater heat exchanger at the refinery. The hydrotreater is a part of the refinery's system for removing harmful substances from feedstock, and makes sure that all motor fuels from Exxon will comply with the federal environmental ...
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  • Just How Much Radiation did the Fukushima Plant Leak?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Apr-2013

    Ever since an earthquake and tsunami caused the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Dai-Ichi to meltdown, the world has watched and wondered just how much radiation leaked into the surrounding water and soil. Now, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is saying that, two years after the initial meltdown, thousands of gallons of highly radioactive water has leaked from an underground pool at the ...
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  • Nuclear Plant Accident in Arkansas Kills One Worker, Injured Three

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 1-Apr-2013

    The Arkansas One nuclear power plant owned by Entergy Corp experienced the death of one worker and the injury of three others while in the midst of moving non-nuclear equipment at the facility. According to reports by the Entergy headquarters, they are calling this an "unusual event classification" which is a rating system used by the federal emergency classifications at nuclear plants, ...
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