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 undergoing treatments. ExxonMobil says that the fire happened around 10:30 a.m. in a processing unit. The units process crude oil into the refined product that is sold at gas stations all throughout the United States.
ExxonMobil released a statement ensuring readers that the fire was brought under control shortly after it was discovered. It was promptly extinguished, and personnel at the refinery were able to terminate the blaze before the Beaumont fire department even arrived. An ExxonMobil spokesperson says that the company deeply regrets the incident and they plan to conduct a complete investigation.
By determining the cause of the fire, ExxonMobil believes that they can enhance their safety strategies to avoid another disaster. A report from April 19th shows that a short, initial investigation about the fire has been completed. Reports show that a fire occurred in the CHD unit at the ExxonMobil refinery while the unit was shut down for maintenance. The repairs on a heat exchanger caused hydrocarbons to be released and these ignited within the unit.
The contract employees were harmed in the sudden burst. All the employees were from Signature Industrial Services LLC and KT Maintenance. Five of the employees were released from the hospital on April 18th, 2013, and three contract employees were last reported in Galveston recovering and being observed. Another four employees were receiving treating at the UTMB Galveston medical facility at the last report.
The ExxonMobil station announced that they are fully cooperating and supporting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as they work through their case and insure that a similar fire doesn't occur against from a release of hydrocarbons. Fires at industrial plants like this one can do plenty of damage and they are increasingly common in Texas.
In the past week, the ExxonMobil fire and the tragedy in Waco, Texas where a fertilizer plant exploded and sparked many small fires in the area prove that fires happen in this dry state all the time. If you have been injured or burned in a fire at an industrial or manufacturing plant and you want compensation, you are going to want an industrial injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP there to help you. With the right attorney on your side, you may be able to gain thousands of dollars in compensation for your injuries.