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UPDATE: Monday's Chemical Plant Explosion

Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 4-Mar-2013

More information has been released regarding today's chemical plant explosion in LaPorte, Texas. Reports discuss that there was an explosion that resulted in a large fireball, releasing smoke in to the sky that could be seen miles and miles away. Fortunately, there was a quick response to the disaster that occurred, and the majority of the workers, 80 to 100, were able to escape the scene without receiving an injury. Sadly, there was one contractor at the AkzoNobel Plant that was not as lucky. This contractor is said to have been taken to the nearby hospital for treatment, though it has not been discussed as to the extent of his injuries.

News reports share that it took responders to the scene 45 minutes to contain the fire. AkzoNobel officials confirmed that the specific chemical that was burning was used for plastic manufacturing. Spokesperson Julie Sullivan describes the fire having started in their magnesium alkalis unit; and they immediately had emergency responders arrive at the scene along with their internal response team in order to control the fire. She specifically claims that the chemical that was burning was not toxic, and neither the workers nor the surrounding people are at risk of dangerous exposures. Workers are said to have returned to the job just hours after the scene was deemed safe by officials.

A plant worker for another company nearby, Mike DeBaca, claims that it is in moments like this that he hopes the employers care for the workers especially those with families to provide for. He is not alone in his concern for workers and victims of plant explosions as there are often times victims who do not receive the compensation they deserve after being injured on the job. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a plant explosion, or any other form of workplace injury contact Arnold & Itkin today to fight for the compensation you deserve!

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