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Iberville Judge Allows Trial for 2013 Plant Explosion

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

On June 13th, 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 accident. They knew their reboiler was capable of developing dangerous levels of pressure, and made no competent efforts to install a pressure reliever or safety valve to prevent an explosion. As a result, they should be held responsible for the injuries suffered by our client and his fellow workers.

Court Controversy & Good News from Iberville

As the plant sits on the line between Ascension and Iberville Parish, there has been some controversy regarding whether Iberville or Ascension would be responsible for the plant explosion litigation. Earlier this year, a judge in Ascension Parish disallowed the filing of separate suits against Williams Olefins.

However, Judge Elizabeth Engolio of Iberville Parish has denied the motion for summary judgment from the company, clearing the way for plaintiffs to make their case before a jury. One of our injured clients is one of the plaintiffs who will now be able to hold Williams Olefins accountable for their part in the plant accident. As you might guess, our firm is thrilled our client will get his day in court.

In an article published by The Advocate, Attorney Kurt Arnold had this to say about Williams Olefins’ efforts and the impending jury trial in Iberville:

This was Williams’ last ditch effort on the eve of trial to avoid responsibility for the injuries and deaths caused by the explosion at their plant. They had known for years that explosion was going to happen — it was just a matter of time. They could have prevented it with a fix that would have taken five minutes and cost five dollars, but instead they just watched it happen.

Our firm is pleased that, after years of waiting, our client will be able to bring his case before a jury. Our attorneys will continue fighting on his behalf to ensure he gets the recovery he needs to move forward.

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