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  • Flame-Resistant Clothing Requirements

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Jan-2019

    Workers in industrial settings face a heightened risk of burn injuries. Some electric arcs and flash fires reach temperatures that are hotter than the surface of the sun. When a person suffers burn injuries, they face a lifetime of medical struggle and a reduced quality of life. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration requires fire-resistant clothing b ecause of the prevalence of burn ...
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  • Rochester Factory Accident Creates Fireball & Burns Two Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 7-Aug-2018

    On Monday afternoon, an explosion occurred at a factory in Rochester, New York. Authorities initially responded to reports of an individual on fire at Arconic Fastening Systems. When they arrived, they found two men with critical burn injuries all over their bodies. Both men were taken Strong Memorial Hospital and no further details about their condition have been released. Upon investigation, the ...
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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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  • 3 Injured by Explosion at Oklahoma Saltwater Disposal Well

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 18-Jul-2018

    An explosion occurred on Wednesday afternoon at a saltwater disposal well in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. The well, owned by Devon Energy, exploded just after 3 p.m. and ignited a fire. Authorities have informed the public that three people were transported to a nearby hospital with burn injuries. At this time, the severity of the injuries sustained by those transported to the hospital is unknown. ...
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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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  • 20+ Injured After Plant Explodes in Pasadena, Texas

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

    This morning, a Kuraray America plant exploded in Pasadena, TX on Bay Area Blvd and Choate Rd. According to early reports, the incident was caused by a valve that malfunctioned. Approximately 250 individuals were on the scene at the time of the incident, including both employees of the plant and contract workers. Everyone has since been accounted for, and 22 are reported to have suffered injuries. ...
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  • Louisiana Chemical Plant Fire Leads to Evacuations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2018

    On Thursday, May 3, a fire broke out at a chemical plant in Duson, Louisiana, which sent plumes of smoke into the air. In the aftermath of the fire, an evacuation was ordered for residents one mile north of the FlowChem Technologies plant. Those within three miles north of the plant were asked to shelter in place. Currently, the air quality is being tested by the Department of Environmental ...
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  • Drilling Rig Explosion in Oklahoma Leaves 5 Missing

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Jan-2018

    On early Monday, a drilling rig exploded in Oklahoma just west of Quinton and about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa. According to the Pittsburg County Emergency Manager Director, three medical helicopters were sent to the site in the aftermath of the explosion. He went on to state that five people were currently missing. Aerial footage from the area showed that there are multiple fires still burning ...
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  • Refinery Worker Perishes from Plant Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Sep-2017

    On Labor Day, one worker was left severely burned by a plant fire at the HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado, Kansas. He later succumbed to his injuries that night, according to a spokesperson for Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. The furnace tied to the plant’s reformer unit allegedly ignited, which caused the fire. The reformer unit has since been turned off while the rest of the refinery ...
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  • Hurricane Harvey Makes Explosion Inevitable, Says CEO

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

    The flooding in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey will “lead to a fire or explosion within the next six days,” according to the CEO of Arkema. The company’s chemical plant in Crosby produces organic peroxides for plastic and rubber producers, but the refrigeration at the plant has failed due to flooding. As a result, volatile chemicals are beginning to degrade at an alarming rate. ...
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  • Anadarko Oil Tank Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-May-2017

    On Thursday around 3:15 p.m., a fire broke out at an Anadarko Petroleum oil tank in Weld County. Shortly after, an explosion occurred that sent smoke up in the air that could be seen for miles around. One person was killed by the blast and three others were injured. Two of the workers were sent to North Colorado Medical Center for treatment and the other was sent to Medical Center of the Rockies. ...
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  • Fire Erupts at Torrance Plant on Anniversary of 2015 Blast

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Feb-2017

    At approximately 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, a fire was reported at the crude oil unit of a plant in Torrance, CA. While the flames shot as high as 40 feet in the air, they were beaten within 30 minutes by teams of three dozen firefighters. The fire is believed to have been caused by an explosion, but that has yet to be confirmed. No injuries have been reported and no evacuations were necessary. ...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • On Sunday, November 29, a flash fire occurred at a refinery in Delaware City. According to reports, paramedics were called to the facility at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Sunday evening to respond to the fire which caused severe burns to the neck and face of a 62-year-old worker at the refinery. "The paramedics treated him for first- and second-degree burns to his face and neck," said Sgt. ...
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  • LG&E Fire Leaves Two Injured

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Oct-2015

    A welding fire broke out at the LG&E Mill Creek Station plant in Jefferson County, causing serious burns to two contract workers. When officials first received the call, they believed it was an explosion. They quickly responded, arriving on scene with five fire engines and 20 personnel that were ready to deal with anything from hazardous materials to structural collapse. While the building ...
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  • A serious gas explosion was reported early this afternoon around 11:00 a.m. at the Williams Oil and Gas plant located in Gibson, Louisiana. Officials for the company have confirmed that a pipeline exploded and resulted in a fire at the natural gas facility. While the facility was not operational during the time of the explosion, there were several contractors performing routine maintenance at the ...
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  • Protecting Workers from Arc Flash Accident Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 23-Jun-2015

    Arc flash accidents are an electrical phenomenon that occurs when an electrical current leaves its designated path and travels to another conductor or ground through the air. If a worker is directly hit by an arc flash or in close proximity to one, the result is usually severe injury or death. How Are Arc Flashes Caused? Many things from human error to faulty wire installations can cause an arc ...
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