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Recent Posts in Plant Explosion Category

  • How to Prevent Dust Explosions

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Dec-2018

    When listing volatile explosives, very few people consider dust to be an explosion hazard. However, airborne particulates from organic and metal materials have the potential to cause devastating explosions. Industrial plants that handle food, tobacco, textiles, pesticides, and fossil fuels are just a few of the locations where dust explosions have been known to happen. What Causes Dust Explosions? ...
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  • At Least 10 Injured in Chicago Water Treatment Plant Explosion

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

    An explosion occurred around 11 A.M. on Thursday morning at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant located in the Far South Side of Chicago. The blast is suspected to be caused by a buildup of methane gas, but the exact cause is pending investigation. It was initially reported that 10 people were injured in the blast. One witness stated that the explosion had enough force to lift the roof off the ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Case Filed for Louisiana Worker Caught in Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 29-Jun-2017

    Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Roland Christensen, and Alison Baimbridge filed suit today against Phillips 66 on behalf of a Louisiana man who was severely injured in a large plant explosion. The incident occurred recently in Paradis, Louisiana—the plant fire was so strong that it melted vehicles nearby and burned for days. Arnold & Itkin LLP’s client ...
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  • Attorneys File Case for Baton Rouge Plant Explosion Victim

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Jun-2017

    Louisiana has recently been the victim of multiple fires and explosions that have left numerous people injured and traumatized. Our most recent client is one of the victims of these explosions—specifically the one that occurred at the West Alkaline Unit at the ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge. Our client was working on scaffolding above a valve when it suddenly released a cloud of hydrocarbon ...
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  • Cambria Mill Explosion Claims Third & Fourth Victims

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Jun-2017

    One worker that was hospitalized from injuries sustained from the Cambria mill explosion a week ago has died, the Houston Chronicle reports. Following the explosion, the man was taken to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday afternoon. Tragically, this marks the fourth worker who has died as a result of the explosion at Didion Milling ...
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  • Cambria Mill that Exploded Had History of Safety Issues

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 2-Jun-2017

    At midnight on Wednesday, a corn mill in Cambria, Wisconsin—about 45 miles northeast of Madison—exploded and caught fire. The blast has killed at least 2 workers, severely injuring over a dozen others. One more worker has yet to be found out of the 16 people who were working at the mill that night. We reported on the explosion in yesterday’s blog, which offers more information ...
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  • Fatal Mill Explosion Harms Small Town

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Jun-2017

    Updated 2 June at 9:30 am. Around midnight local time on Wednesday night, Didion Milling Co.’s corn mill suffered a massive explosion and subsequent fire that lasted until Thursday morning. Sixteen employees were caught in the blast—at least 2 people are confirmed killed and 13 were injured and are accounted for. The last worker is missing, but search efforts are slow because portions ...
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  • 4 People Killed as a Result of Boiler Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Apr-2017

    Around 7:30 on Monday morning, a boiler exploded at the Loy Lange Box Company factory in St. Louis. The explosion was massive, launching huge pieces of debris over 500 feet away into nearby buildings. One of these buildings was the Faultless Healthcare Linen factory, a laundry facility for healthcare facilities—a piece of debris the size of a cargo van crashed into the building. The ...
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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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  • Louisiana Plant Explosion Kills 3 & Injures 7

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Feb-2017

    Just this afternoon, a plant belonging to Packaging Corporation of America exploded, leaving 3 dead and 7 others injured. The plant is located in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. Currently, the sheriffs have secured the area—but there’s no word on what actually caused the explosion. The objects that exploded seemed to be two tanks inside the plant, but there’s no word on what the ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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