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Recent Posts in Refinery Explosions 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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  • The Savage Grain Elevator Explosion: 40 Years Later

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 12-Nov-2018

    On October 3, 1978, an explosion ripped through a grain elevator at Port Bunge in Savage, Minnesota. The blast took the lives of 3 men, and the incident killed an additional person who was crushed while clearing rubble from the explosion. The entire community of Savage was left shaken and traumatized. However, time moved forward. The grain elevator was rebuilt, and a structure still stands where ...
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  • Refinery Explosion in Superior Injures 11, Prompts Evac

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Apr-2018

    Late Thursday morning, Wisconsin's sole refinery exploded and left 11 people injured—with at least one of them suffering serious injuries. We reported on the refinery explosion yesterday when the injury count was at 5. Now, reports from the scene say that nearly a dozen workers were hurt, and an evacuation order was initially issued for a 1-mile radius. According to Superior Fire Chief ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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