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Gibson Explosion Causes Death of Three Workers

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Oct-2015

On Thursday, October 8, a gas plant exploded in Gibson, Louisiana. Little over an hour from New Orleans, the plant is owned by Williams Partners, an energy corporation that specializes in natural gas. Strangely, gas was not running at the time of the explosion and the plant was out of service.

The explosion resulted in the deaths of three workers, two of whom have since been identified. Two more workers were injured in the incident and were treated at the nearby Terrebonne General Medical Center. Other than these workers, all 20 of the employees of the plant have been accounted for.

No Causes Discovered Yet

The initial investigation has not resulted in any answers yet. Company employees report that it did not seem to be a pipeline rupture. While the plant was still smoking for a few days after the explosion, police have assured locals that it is not harmful. However, the road to the plant remains closed.

At the time of the explosion, workers were doing maintenance work on the plant, working on a device known as a “slug catcher.” It is a device that separates liquids and pollutants from natural gas. However, the investigation is ongoing, so the device was not necessarily the cause of the explosion.

Previous Explosions & Safety Violations

William Partners, the owners of the plant, have another explosion on their safety record. In 2013, another Louisiana plant owned by the company exploded, killing two and injuring over a hundred more. They eventually paid a $99,000 federal fine for safety violations regarding the incident.

The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our hearts go out to the families of the victims. It is our sincere hope that the cause of the explosion will be made clear, providing safety and security for future workers. We will continue to follow this story.

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