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Recent Posts in Chemical Plant Explosion Category

  • Major Causes of Industrial Fires & Explosions

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 10-Aug-2018

    According to the National Fire Association (NFPA), an average of 37,000 fires occur in industrial and manufacturing properties every year—with an average of 16 killed, over 250 injured, and more than $1 billion in property damage. These incidents occur frequently for many different reasons. However, most of them lead back to employer negligence. Below are some of the most common causes of ...
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  • Utah Gas Plant Explosion Injures Two, Causes Severe Burns

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 30-Jul-2018

    Last Saturday, two men suffered serious injuries when a gas plant erupted in flames near Cisco, Utah. The plant explosion occurred around 10 AM at the San Arroyo Gas Plant, a location that provides compression for the area’s natural gas pipelines. Both men were significantly injured and were described as being “badly burned” by the Lower Valley Fire Department. They were ...
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  • Two Workers Injured in North Carolina Gas Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Jul-2018

    At about 2 PM EST today, firefighters reported an explosion at a propane plant in Clinton, North Carolina. The blast injured two workers, one of whom was airlifted from the scene. Both were taken to the Jaycee Burn Center at the UNC hospital in Chapel Hill. The explosion occurred at the Rapid Xchange facility, currently run by Parker Gas Co. Nine fire departments responded to the explosion and ...
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  • Explosion Rocks Wisconsin's Only Refinery, Injures Five

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-Apr-2018

    This morning at 10 AM, there was an explosion at a Wisconsin refinery. Five people were hospitalized and taken to Duluth, Minnesota, according to a statement from Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger. He did not know the extent of their injuries at the time, but there were no known fatalities. The refinery caught fire, but Panger said the fire was quickly put out a little over an hour later. The Fire ...
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  • Shelter-in-Place Issued for Texas City Refinery Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Apr-2018

    Only a few minutes ago, Click-2-Houston reported that a shelter-in-place was issued to the communities in Texas City. The order comes after a fire started at a refinery owned by Valero. The energy company said it is currently assessing the situation, as are investigators. The official Twitter account of the City of Texas City stated "We are aware that there has been an explosion at the Valero ...
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  • Firefighters Battling Inferno at Chemical Plant in SE Houston

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Apr-2018

    Around 5:50 PM this evening, a fire broke out at the TPC Group chemical plant on Park Place Boulevard. The smoke has risen high enough to be seen for miles along Highway 225. Community Awareness Emergency Response sent a message that the fire and smoke are not expected to affect local residents or employees. Firefighters are currently on the scene. News outlets (and presumably officials) have not ...
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  • Arkansas Chemical Plant Explosion Injuries Three Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Dec-2017

    A typical Wednesday morning shift turned into an airlifted hospital visit for three Arkansas chemical plant workers. As the workers were performing routine maintenance duties, a decomposition of benzoyl peroxide occurred, causing an explosion to seriously injure the three employees. The incident was reported as initially happening at 8:15 a.m. The explosion occurred at the United Initiators ...
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  • Baton Rouge ExxonMobil Fire Caused by Safety Deficiencies

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-Sep-2017

    Last November, our blog reported on an explosion at the ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge that injured at least 5 workers. In the days following, it was learned that 6 workers total were injured—four of them with “severe” burns all over their bodies. OSHA eventually levied fines totaling $165,000 against the petroleum giant. Now that the Chemical Safety Board has finished their ...
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  • Two Killed, More Injured in Tampa Power Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Jun-2017

    The New York Times has reported a coal power plant explosion in Hillsborough County, FL that occurred just before 4:20 pm yesterday. The explosion occurred at Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach near Tampa, run by Tampa Electric—a child company of TECO Energy. The explosion has killed 2 people and left 4 people with life-threatening injuries. All 4 of the injured were transported to Tampa ...
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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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  • 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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  • Gibson Explosion Causes Death of Three Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Oct-2015

    On Thursday, October 8, a gas plant exploded in Gibson, Louisiana. Little over an hour from New Orleans, the plant is owned by Williams Partners, an energy corporation that specializes in natural gas. Strangely, gas was not running at the time of the explosion and the plant was out of service. The explosion resulted in the deaths of three workers, two of whom have since been identified. Two more ...
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  • History of Recent Industrial Disasters in the United States

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Jul-2015

    Industrial workers are the backbone of the American economy. They manufacture many of the nation’s most important goods and exports. The industrial plants they work in are testament to American ingenuity and hard work. However, their complexity can lead to catastrophic disaster if safety protocols are not strictly adhered to or short cuts are taken in order to increase capacity. Timeline Of ...
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  • La Porte Chemical Leak Leaves Four Workers Dead

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Nov-2014

    On Saturday morning, a chemical leak at an industrial plant in La Porte resulted in the death of four industrial workers and non-fatal injuries to one more. According to the most recent reports, the plant began to leak a chemical (methyl mercaptan) at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday. It continued to leak for the next two hours until it was officially contained by 6 a.m. The hazardous chemical, ...
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  • What Accidents Can Occur at a Refinery or Plant?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Nov-2014

    Plants and refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work. There are several types of plants, including power plants, chemical plants, and oil refineries. While each type of plant is dangerous, they all present their own specific risks and hazards that workers must be aware of and protect themselves against. Below are some of the most common types of accidents that occur at plants and ...
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  • Safety Precautions for Chemical Plants

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 16-Sep-2014

    Recent chemical spills have turned the nation's attention to the safety of chemical plants across the country, and how to ensure that they provide as little risk as possible. On July 7 of this year, a chemical plant in Dalton, a small city north of Atlanta, caused concern in the community after a worker was rushed to the hospital. During an intentional combining of chemicals, fumes from the ...
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  • It has been one year since the tragic chemical explosion that claimed the lives of 15 people and injured hundreds more at the West Fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas. Now, federal agencies are finally beginning the process of taking precautionary measures against similar events taking place in the future. Senator Barbara Boxer is the chairperson of the Senate environment and public ...
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  • Largest Louisiana Refinery & Plant Accidents & Their Causes

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Mar-2014

    In the state of Louisiana, there are currently 17 refineries and more than 100 major chemical plants in operation. Over the past several years, there has been an average of 300 accidents per year, releasing more than 1 million pounds of toxicants into the air and around 1 million gallons into the water and soil. These numbers continue to grow—despite the fact that accident numbers have been ...
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  • Amputation & Crush Injuries in Chemical Plant Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 14-Feb-2014

    When people hear about a chemical plant accident, the major stories they expect to read about are burn injuries, chemical poisoning, or toxic exposure. While these types of injuries are unfortunately common in chemical plant explosions and accidents, there is more to the picture. Two of the most dangerous physical injuries that can occur in chemical plant accidents are crushing injuries and ...
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  • Toxic Exposure in Chemical Plant Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Feb-2014

    With the growth of industrial facilities, more and more chemicals are being released into the atmosphere every year. In recent studies, it was reported that millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals are released by chemical plants across the country. Not only are most of these plants located near cities, flourishing neighborhoods, and growing schools, but they are also filled with large numbers of ...
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  • Burn Injuries in Chemical Plant Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Feb-2014

    As an industrial worker, you are required to pay close attention to your environment and surroundings to avoid injury. In the event of a chemical plant accident, maintaining this focus can be very difficult. Often these types of industrial accidents can lead to devastating results for workers, leaving them permanently scarred, disfigured, or disabled. This not only affects the worker, but also ...
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  • Geismar, Louisiana Plant Had a History of Noncompliance

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

    While individuals have not been able to identify the cause for the Geismar plant explosion that occurred last year, officials say that they are not surprised that the accident occurred. Investigators believe that the propylene manufactured at the plant caught fire. Officials note that the propylene leaked from a corroded pipe six months ago at the plant. Government agencies are fining the plant ...
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  • UPDATE: 2nd Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion Victim Pronounced Dead

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 14-Jun-2013

    Sources report that a second victim from yesterday's chemical plant explosion has been pronounced dead this afternoon. He was receiving treatments at the hospital when he succumbed to his burn injuries and lost his life. The 47 year old employee was at the burn unit of the Baton Rouge General Medical Center at the time he passed away. Louisiana State Police Department Capt. Doug Cain shared ...
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  • UPDATE: Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion 1 Dead, Over 70 Injured

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 14-Jun-2013

    Thursday's plant explosion was a devastating accident for the people of Louisiana as over 70 victims are suffering from various levels of injuries and one has already been reported dead from the disaster. The victim who suffered fatal wounds was a 29 year old husband and father who worked at the Williams Olefins chemical plant located in Geismar, LA. The hazmat team located his body during the ...
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  • Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion Causes Multiple Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 13-Jun-2013

    A chemical plant explosion occurred in Geismar, Louisiana on Thursday causing a number of injuries to those who were working in the facility at the time. Officials report that they needed to evacuate the surrounding areas as a result of the explosion in order to protect the community within a two mile radius of the explosion site. The fire continued to burn throughout Thursday afternoon, with ...
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