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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 of the fire was, though their Port Comfort site is under investigation. Formosa Plastics home base is in Livingston, New Jersey; and their Point Comfort Site is about 110 miles southwest of Houston, Texas.

Steve Rice reports that the incident occurred Thursday afternoon and firefighters on the plant site were able to put out the blaze before the city fireman arrived at the scene. Rice claims that the fire broke out as workers were conducting their routine maintenance checks at the ethylene purification site, which will remain closed down until the investigation is completed. Rice has not released many details to the press thus far, such as how many workers were full time employees as opposed to contract workers; nor has he released the state of the injuries of the victims. He did say that eight of the workers were treated and have already been released from the local hospital, and two of the remaining eight victims are critical.

Industrial plant fires can have devastating effects on the workers who are in the nearby vicinity; and while no information has been released about the specifics of the workers injuries, there is likelihood that some of the burns may be life-altering wounds. On this plant, there is not only a risk of explosions, but also exposure to dangerous chemicals which may lead to injuries and illnesses even later down the road. If you or a loved one were injured in this Formosa plant fire, or in another industrial plant accident, contact Arnold & Itkin LLP today for the industrial injury attorney you need. Our firm will do whatever we can to help you fight for justice and seek the compensation you deserve for your workplace injury.

In the state of Texas, many workers do not receive the workers' compensation benefits that they deserve after an accident, if any at all, depending on their type of employment. This is simply unfair, and can result in injured workers being left to pay for extensive amounts of medical bills out of their own pockets; while at the same time dealing with the loss of income from the injury. At Arnold & Itkin, we will offer you the experienced legal representation you need to file your claim against your employers and any other party responsible for the incident. Contact us immediately to begin discussing your case!

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