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Recent Posts in Refinery Accident Category

  • Houston Refinery Accident Injures Two Contractors

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Jan-2019

    On Saturday afternoon, a catastrophic accident occurred at LyondellBasell Houston Refinery in southeast Houston. The accident left one contractor impaled by a pipe; he was later airlifted to a nearby hospital for medical attention. Another contractor suffered injuries, as well, although there is no further information available about what occurred and how severely he was injured. According to a ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Three Workers Injured in Refinery Fire

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

    Around 2 am Monday morning, Marathon Petroleum workers were conducting scheduled maintenance at their Galveston Bay refinery on a unit that was shut down. At about 2:45 am, the unit caught on fire, badly injuring a contract employee and causing minor injuries to two other workers. The severely injured employee had to be airlifted to a burn center. Reportedly, the worker was burned in the neck, ...
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  • An accident recently took place at the Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, which is owned by Marathon Petroleum Corp. One worker suffered burn injuries from hydrofluoric acid while working on an alkylation unit that was shut down for an overhaul. Though no specific information was given on the severity of the worker’s injuries or health, a Marathon spokesman commented that the worker was ...
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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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  • Injuries & Accidents Suffered in Plant & Refinery Turnarounds

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 14-Jul-2015

    In industrial plants and refineries, turnarounds are a term used for the process of taking the entire unit offline for a period of time while a revamp or renewal is performed. Turnarounds are sometimes called shutdowns or outages and can refer to a number of different projects such as, debottlenecking, inspection and testing, or revamps. Turnarounds are expensive in terms of labor costs, ...
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  • Report on Number of Louisiana Refinery Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Jun-2015

    Louisiana refineries are required to report the number of accidents that occurred throughout the course of the year. While some safety experts caution that the numbers may be artificially low because the refineries are self-reporting, the numbers are alarming nonetheless. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an organization that promotes safety and environmental protections, reviews the accident reports ...
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  • Comprehensive List of Louisiana Refineries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Jun-2015

    Louisiana is one of the country’s largest producers of oil and gas. Many of the offshore drilling sites rest just off the coast of southern Louisiana. The state has 19 active refineries, mostly located around Lake Charles and near the Mississippi River. Louisiana Refineries Below is a list of active Louisiana refineries as of June 2015. Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Refinery – ExxonMobil ...
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  • Comprehensive List of Refineries in Texas

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 8-Jun-2015

    Texas is known as an oil and gas state and with oil and gas production comes the need for refineries. As of January 2014, there were 136 oil refineries operating in the United States and 29 of those are found in Texas. Texas has more oil refineries than any other state in the country. The vast majority of Texas refineries are found near the Gulf of Mexico. Texas Oil Refineries Below is a list of ...
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  • Just a decade ago, Texas City saw one of the most disastrous explosions at the BP Refinery unit. Spitting out 7,600 gallons of hydrocarbons into the sky, only a small spark was needed to set off the series of devastating explosions that took place at the refinery on March 23, 2005. A cluster of office trailers at the plant were completely destroyed, killing 15 individuals who were inside of them. ...
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  • Residents in Los Angeles County thought it was an earthquake. A severe shake rattled windows and structures of homes miles away from the ExxonMobil Refinery were a powerful explosion took place this Wednesday morning. Structures were ripped apart and smoke and flames could be seen coming out of the oil refinery that is located in the Torrance area. Located just south of the 405 Freeway, the blast ...
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  • Files Suit for Process Operator at Motiva Refinery

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

    Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler filed suit in Jefferson County on behalf of a Beaumont worker who was injured in an industrial accident at the Motiva refinery in Port Arthur. The injured worker was a process operator at the plant. He suffered severe neck injuries while on the job. A contractor was climbing down scaffolding and stepped on his head with extreme force, causing serious neck ...
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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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  • Arnold & Itkin Recover $12 Million For Injured Plant Worker

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

    Arnold & Itkin is pleased to announce a recent settlement secured for an injured plant worker. Our dedicated industrial injury attorneys, Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Cory Itkin, were able to provide the fierce representation the injury victim needed to secure compensation. Our firm was able to recover a $12 million settlement for the plant workers injuries and medical care. The worker ...
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  • Refinery Explosion Causes

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Mar-2014

    In the past several years it has seemed that refineries have consistently run into trouble, either with deadly fires or massive explosions. While workers at these refineries are protected by safety regulations and security standards, it can be a very difficult work environment. Not only do refinery plants require constant work and maintenance, but they also put workers and surrounding townspeople ...
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  • Chemical Plant and Refinery Accidents So Far in 2014

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

    According to an article in The New York Times on January 28, 2014, "The United States is facing an industrial chemical safety crisis." While 2013 was hit hard with plant and refinery accidents throughout the nation, 2014 is getting no respite. The following is a sample of the accidents that have happened so far in 2014: 1/20: Fire breaks out at Omaha, Nebraska plant; the building later ...
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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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  • Suit Filed on Behalf of Borger Refinery Worker

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 25-Feb-2014

    Arnold & Itkin is proud to be representing a man who was injured at the Phillips 66 refinery in Borger Texas. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of the plaintiff, who fell into an unmarked, unbarricaded, and unlit hole while surveying the site. The hole contained burning liquid, which caused the plaintiff to suffer severe ...
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  • Victims Sue over Chevron Fire in Richmond

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Aug-2013

    More than 5000 people have filed suit against Chevron over a refinery fire in the summer of 2012; attorneys filed the claim in Contra Costa County Superior Court on August 12. With the new suit, the total number of people suing over the Aug. 6, 2012, fire comes to more than 11,000. According to the suit, "reckless conduct" caused the fire, which ended up sending more than 15,000 people ...
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  • Workers Threaten to Strike at Exxon Mobil Refinery in Baytown

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Apr-2013

    An Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery located in Baytown is under fire as workers threaten to strike because of the unsafe work conditions. According to the Houston Chronicle, United Steelworkers is a union that represents 850 workers at the refinery and believes a strike is in order. United Steelworkers has already issued a 60-day notice to Exxon Mobil concerning their intent. The strike will be called ...
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  • Investigators are still looking over the scene of an oil refinery fire that injured 12 contract workers at the ExxonMobil oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas last week. According to reports by the Washington Post, a fire at the ExxonMobil refinery left 12 workers with burns and some with fractures and other injuries. Three of the workers at the scene of the accident were critically burned and were ...
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