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UPDATE: Geismar, Louisiana Plant Explosion

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

At the Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, Louisiana, investigators and state and federal authorities have been exploring the many areas of the plant in hopes of discovering what caused a large explosion last week. After 77 reported injuries and two deaths last week, officials want to determine the cause of the accident and make precautions to make sure that the event does not repeat itself. One man died at the scene of the explosion, while another died from his injuries at a hospital. The second victim was rushed to a hospital with significant burns all over his body, and his conditioned worsened overnight.

According to NOLA, there are still two workers in hospitals. A third man who was reported to be in critical condition at the Regional Burn Center has been released. The other two patients are in good condition and are expected to have speedy recoveries. The president of the Williams Olefins plant says that no one is sure why the accident happened or what the total extent of the damage is. The president says that he is shocked that this happened at his facility. The plant is almost completely shut down except for 21 employees that are working onsite to secure equipment and prevent further accidents.

The plant manager says that the chemicals involved in the accident are propylene and propane. President Armstrong says that once the cause is determined, the plant authorities will do everything that they can do to prevent the possibility of another explosion. Armstrong and the plant manager Larry Bayer are both working with the regulators to learn why the explosion took place and then take all necessary precautions to stop the incident from recurring.

Already, a man filed a lawsuit against the plant for injuries sustained as a result of the explosion. Interestingly enough, the filer is not a worker at the plant, but an employee at a nearby BASF plant. He filed his lawsuit in the 23rd Judicial District Court in Ascension Parish and is asking that the suit be certified as a class action lawsuit. The worker says that his throat was burned and that he had sinus problems after the explosion occurred. He was on a scaffold when the explosion started. The filer says that the plant was negligent and caused the accident.

If you have been injured in this Louisiana plant explosion or if you were harmed while working at a petrochemical plant, then you have the right to seek compensation. After the abundance of chemical plant explosions in recent months, the courts are encouraging men and women to file lawsuits when they are harmed so that they can keep the plants accountable for any negligence. Hire an Arnold & Itkin industrial injury attorney today for more information!

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