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  • Houston County Worker Injured in Tanker Rig Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Dec-2016

    Channel 7 KLTV recently reported on a story involving a Texas Energy worker injured in a sudden explosion. The event took place around 8am Thursday morning in the Austonio area of Houston County, at the Texas Energy plant on State Highway 21 west of Crockett. According to Sherriff Darrel Bobbitt, the injured man was welding on a tanker rig at the Texas Energy plant when either he set off an ...
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  • Possible Explosion at Baton Rouge Exxon Refinery

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Nov-2016

    WBRZ Channel 2, an ABC News affiliate, is reporting that a Baton Rouge Exxon refinery has experienced an as-yet unrevealed emergency. Around 4 pm, firefighters, multiple ambulance crews, and the Baton Rouge Fire Department HAZMAT team rushed to the plant. While no details about the cause of the emergency have come to light, we know that 5 people were injured in a fire. Four of the five injured ...
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  • Chemical Plant Explosion Injures Kansas Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Nov-2016

    Update 5:36pm CST: It has been confirmed that 3 workers have been injured—one with burns and two who reported respiratory issues. The fire is nearly out, but firefighters have drained the city's water to fight the flames. In addition, firefighters have been hosing down holding tanks to prevent further explosions. Local churches are acting as shelters until evacuation orders are rolled ...
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  • Gas Pipeline Explodes in Alabama, Killing One

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Nov-2016

    Between 2 and 3 pm on Monday, October 31 st, a gas pipeline in Helena, AL exploded. The explosion sent a stream of ignited gasoline into the air, forming a column of flame between 100 and 300 feet tall, according to the fire chiefs on the scene. Reports vary, but the column of fire was confirmed. The scene was chaotic enough that firefighters and emergency responders had a hard time determining if ...
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  • Asphalt Plant Explosion Leads to Serious Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Oct-2016

    Yesterday afternoon, a normal workday became a nightmare for employees at a Glenville asphalt plant. Workers at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions were attempting to heat a valve with a blowtorch when the fumes ignited, causing an explosion that could be felt at the auto shop next door. Liquid asphalt produces fumes that includes a mix of kerosene, diesel fuel, and tar. These fumes were in the air while the ...
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  • Flash Fire at Sunoco Logistics Injures Seven

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 14-Aug-2016

    On Friday, shortly before 9 p.m., a flash fire occurred at Sunoco Logistics’ terminal in Nederland, TX. Seven employees were injured during the fire—four of whom were injured critically. Three of the injured were transported via Life Flight to burn centers while four were taken to local hospital via ambulance. The flash fire occurred while the welding contractor was working on a ...
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  • Massive Fire Rocks Motiva Refinery in St. James Parish

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Aug-2016

    At around 10:50 am this morning, the Motiva refinery in Convent, LA experienced a massive fire in its H-Oil unit. The smoke and flames were visible from miles away, and workers were immediately evacuated from the plant. On-site firefighting personnel responded immediately—the fire was under control in a little more than an hour. Regardles, county responders were standing by. All employees ...
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  • Iberville Judge Allows Trial for 2013 Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Aug-2016

    On June 13 th, 2013, the Williams Olefins plant reboiler failed, over-pressurizing and eventually igniting. The resulting explosion killed 2 men and injured 114 plant workers. Since then, the plant owners have been fighting a jury trial, filing motions for summary judgments or to get the case dismissed. At Arnold & Itkin, we believe that Williams Olefins bears some responsibility for the ...
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  • Injured Workers Receive $5.5 Million Settlement

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Jul-2016

    Part of fighting for our clients is overcoming difficult legal hurdles in order to get them the best possible compensation. In some cases, our defendants are not willing to allow our lawyers an opportunity to present cases in trial—in these situations, they will often try to get the case thrown out of court entirely. That’s what happened with our most recent case. Four injured workers ...
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  • Georgia Aluminum Plant Explosion Injures 5 Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Jun-2016

    On Wednesday, an explosion at Bonnell Aluminum in Newnan, Georgia — just 35 miles southwest of Atlanta — resulted in five workers sustaining injuries ranging from wounded to life-threatening. The blast could be felt up to a mile away. Two of the workers were treated at the scene, while two others were transported to a local hospital and one was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. ...
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  • Explosion at Former BP Gas Plant in Mississippi

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 28-Jun-2016

    Late Monday night, an explosion rocked an Enterprise gas plant—which was recently owned by BP—in Pascagoula, Mississippi. According to police, no injuries or fatalities occurred in the fiery explosion. Pascagoula Police Captain Shannon Broom was alerted to the plant explosion at around 11:30 p.m. The Enterprise plant is located in Pascagoula, which is along the Gulf of Mexico. It ...
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  • Worker Killed & 3 Injured in ND Oil Well Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-Jun-2016

    An oil well explosion and fire near Waterford City, ND took the life of one worker and caused serious injuries to three others. The explosion occurred at a well site operated by XTO Energy Inc.—which is a subsidiary of prominent ExxonMobil—on Saturday morning. By the time emergency workers arrived on the scene, the fire was already out. Two of the workers suffered third-degree burns to ...
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  • Criminal Intent in West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 12-May-2016

    On April 17 of 2013, a deadly fertilizer plant explosion at West Fertilizer Co., just north of Waco, TX, wiped out around 500 apartments, homes, businesses, nursing homes, and schools, killing 15 and injuring hundreds of others. The accident resulted in more than $100 million in damages to surrounding homes and businesses. The tight-knit farming community of only 2,800 people was rocked by the ...
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  • Worker Killed By Falling Pipe at ExxonMobil Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-May-2016

    On Wednesday, a little after 12:00 a.m., a tragic accident occurred at the Exxon Mobil plant in Beaumont, Texas. Several contract workers from AltairStrickland—a company that specializes in refinery plan overhauls—were replacing a heat exchanger on an elevated platform at a unit that was under maintenance. These workers were still on the platform when sections of pipe broke off and ...
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  • Worker Passes Away Weeks After Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2016

    Weeks after an explosion caused severe burns and injuries to an Illinois construction worker, the man passed away while being cared for in the hospital. The injured worker died on Friday in the burn unit of a local St. Louis hospital, Mercy Hospital. He was receiving treatment for his extensive burns, which occurred after he was caught in a gas explosion on the job. Ongoing Investigations Into the ...
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  • Explosion in Santa Fe Springs, CA Injures 2 Roofers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2016

    On the morning of May 2, roofing contractors with AAA Roofing were doing their routine work; on this day, they were standing on a platform and heating asphalt to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a tanker filled with 4,000 gallons of tar and several tanks of propane standing nearby exploded without warning, launching the two workers off the platform. They were found 15 feet away, conscious though ...
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  • 2 Workers Killed & 1 Injured in Gas Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 12-Apr-2016

    Just after noon on Tuesday this week, three gas plant workers were conducting repairs on a pipeline just outside the Southcross Energy facility in Bonnie View. To work on the pipeline, located just a few miles outside Woodsboro, the three men dug a hole around the pipe large enough for them to do repairs. Two of the workers, a San Diego resident (30) and a Woodsboro resident (54), were in the pit ...
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  • Another Fire in Houston at LyondellBasell Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Apr-2016

    Yesterday, there was a fire and explosion at two different locations in the Houston area (the fire was at the ExxonMobil Plant in Baytown). This morning around 10:00 a.m., another fire broke out at a Houston plant, this time at the LyondellBasell plant located at Lawndale and Allen-Genoa. While there have been no injuries reported yet, a shelter has been put in place for nearby residents ...
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  • Updated: Fire & Explosion Reported in Houston Area

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Apr-2016

    Today, an explosion and a fire occurred in two separate incidents in the Houston area. While causes for the fires are still unknown, local news stations are providing live coverage for both incidents. Northwest Houston Home Explosion In northwest Houston, officials responded to a reported explosion that left one victim, a man in his fifties, with second and third degree burns on his arms and face. ...
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  • Updated: One Injured in Pasadena, TX Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Mar-2016

    Yesterday, a Pasadena, TX refinery exploded when a unit that makes diesel ruptured. According to a statement from Petrobras, Brazil's national oil company that owned the refinery, the fire started at approximately 10:15 a.m. and was contained by the middle of the afternoon. Sources believe that the blast originated in the compressor of the hydrotreater; all other units did not appear to be ...
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  • Plant Explosion in Pasadena, TX Early This Morning

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 5-Mar-2016

    Early on March 5, a refinery in Pasadena, TX exploded. As of this blog’s writing, only one person is being reported injured in the incident, though more may be reported as updates come in. The plant is located in the 100 block of Red Bluff Road, at the corner of Federal Road and Crown Street. Officials report that there is no chemical leakage or release for local residents to be concerned ...
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  • OSHA Tackling Safety Issues in Oil & Gas Industry

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Feb-2016

    In 2014, 142 workers in the oil and gas industry were killed on the job, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration believes the number will only continue to climb as the industry grows. As a result, the oil and gas extraction occupation is among the deadliest in the United States. To combat the hazardous conditions workers face, OSHA created a campaign called Step-Up for Safety. ...
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  • Southcross Energy Oil Explosion Leaves 2 Injured

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 16-Feb-2016

    An plant explosion shut down roads and forced an evacuation around 3:30 p.m. yesterday in Frio County. The explosion took place at a Southcross Energy gas plant located near FM 1538 and Highway 85, which were closed down following the incident. Officials instantly responded to the incident, immediately setting up a perimeter to help make the accident scene more secure. They also contacted ...
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  • Why Plant Explosions Don't Surprise Us Anymore

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-Jan-2016

    On Saturday, a PeroxyChem plant in Pasadena exploded, killing one worker and injuring three others. PeroxyChem produces chemicals used in the food industry, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, and more. One of their tanks, holding an oil-based cleaner, malfunctioned during a transfer of chemicals and ignited. The explosion tragically resulted in the death of a 62-year-old contract worker. However ...
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  • Arnold & Itkin Files Lawsuit for Injured Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Jan-2016

    This week, Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young man who sustained serious injuries to his neck and various other parts of his body. The injuries occurred when a heavy piece of equipment was dropped from an elevated work space on to his head at CF Industries’ refinery in Donaldsonville. Arnold & Itkin LLP filed the action in Ascension Parish—bringing claims ...
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