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  • Faulty Valve Caused Plant Explosion, Suit Says

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-May-2013

    In May 2012, a valve burst at a paper mill in South Carolina, injuring four employees, and now a lawsuit filed by three of those victims allege that the valve's manufacturer Flowrox Inc and distributor WACCO Inc. were negligent because the valve was defective and "unreasonably dangerous." In the lawsuit, the victims seek damages for their loss of ability to work, as well as pain and ...
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  • 1,000 Toxic Chemical Accidents Prior to the West, Texas Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 20-May-2013

    In light of the tragic plant explosion in West, Texas on April 17, the topic of toxic chemical exposure is surfacing yet again. However, what many don't realize is this fertilizer plant explosion is not a standalone incident, in fact there have been 1,000 reported accidents over the past 15 years relating chemical facilities. Last month's explosion claimed the lives of 15 victims in the ...
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  • OSHA Cites Excavation Company After Worker Death

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

    The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to promoting safety in work environments throughout the nation. When the department discovers a company that is not exercising proper safety measures, they conduct investigations. If they discover authorities in the company did not take every possible precaution, then OSHA has the right to cite ...
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  • Pipeline Responsible for Arkansas Spill to be Removed

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 13-May-2013

    On March 29, part of Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil at Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Now, on April 22, Exxon will cut out a 52-foot section of the pipeline and take it for testing to determine what caused it to fail. When the 60-year-old pipeline ruptured, the heavy Canadian crude oil it contained went flowing through ...
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  • When the West, TX fertilizer plant exploded on April 17, it didn’t just emotionally devastate the small town located near Waco--the damage caused to surrounding homes and businesses is now estimated to have exceeded $100 million. That estimate was released by the Insurance Council of Texas on April 24, and was based on conversations with on-site adjusters and reconnaissance crews, all ...
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  • Factory Collapse in Bangladesh Kills Over 230 Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-May-2013

    On April 23, police noticed deep cracks in a busy Bangladeshi garment factory and ordered it evacuated. Instead, officials at the factories operating inside the building ignored the order and kept more than 2,000 people working inside. As a result, when the building collapsed on April 24, thousands were trapped and hundreds were killed. The disaster occurred in Savar, a suburb of Bangladesh's ...
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  • Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. (otherwise known as Formosa Plastics) was founded in 1978 and is a large supplier for petrochemicals and plastic resins. This company is quickly expanding and currently brings in annual revenue of $5 billion between their three current plants in Point Comfort, Texas; Delaware City, Delaware; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; with their company headquarters located in ...
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  • Formosa Plant Community Lives in Constant Fear

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 3-May-2013

    Industrial plant fires and explosions not only affect those working on the actual plant site itself, but it can also be an extreme danger to those living in the surrounding neighborhoods. This was made clear in the recent West Fertilizer explosion just two weeks ago here in Texas. The plant explosion caused the leveling out of nearly one third of the small West community, destroying at least 150 ...
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  • Formosa Plant Fire Injures 16 Texas Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 3-May-2013

    Yet another incident at a Texas plant has occurred, injuring those working in the area. News reports state that Thursday, May 2, 2013 a fire started at the South Texas petrochemical plant, causing the injury of 16 workers on the job; two of which remain in critical condition at this time. A Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. spokesperson claims that they are still uncertain as to what the cause ...
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