History of Plant & Refinery Explosions
Plant and refinery explosions are extremely dangerous—even deadly.
If you've been hurt, an attorney from our firm can help you establish
liability to collect compensation for serious injuries sustained in an
explosion accident. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case,
you may be able to collect money for medical bills, missed wages, and
other financial burdens related to your accident and injury. If you've
suffered a severe burn or other serious injury, speak with a plant explosion
lawyer from Arnold & Itkin today. We want to help you get the money
you need and deserve.
Historical Explosion Accidents
Industrial plants are extremely valuable; however, they can be dangerous.
Sadly, plant and refinery explosions have been a relatively common occurrence
in the U.S. since the industrial revolution. For example, in March of
1905, 58 people were killed when a steam boiler exploded in the Grover
Shoe Factory. The explosion and resulting fire was caused by a poorly
maintained boiler and destroyed the entire building. Today, equipment
safety regulations and guidelines are in place to prevent similar accidents.
If the boiler had been properly maintained, it may not have exploded.
On May 2, 1878, a dust explosion occurred at the Washburn "A"
Mill in Minneapolis. At the time, the mill was the largest flour mill
in the United States. The accident occurred when flour dust inside the
building ignited and destroyed the mill and the surrounding area. 18 people
were killed in the accident. After the explosion, the demolished building
caught on fire and destroyed 5 surrounding mills. The accident reduced
the city's milling capacity by 33% and is commonly called the "Great
Mill Disaster." Although the tragedy was devastating, its notoriety
led to reforms in the milling industry.
Recent Explosion Accidents
On a warm June morning in 2013, the workers of
the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana were only a few hours into the day's work when a reboiler
tank suddenly exploded. Two people who were standing near the tank were
killed, while 167 other workers throughout the plant were injured. The
cause of the explosion was eventually determined to be a design flaw in
the reboiler valves—a design flaw that Williams had known about for years.
Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a dozen workers from the Geismar
explosion, helping them
secure $30+ million total in two verdicts. The results of the two trials—scheduled only weeks apart—is
helping those workers recover while providing for their families. The
results also forced Williams Olefins to finally take their employees'
Although safety procedures, regulations, and enforcement have improved,
plant and refinery explosions continue to plague the United States. However,
accident victims today have the opportunity to pursue financial compensation
for injuries sustained in explosions and other accidents. This opportunity
was not offered to workers in the past. For example, Enterprise Products
suffered a serious of explosions and a subsequent fire that could be seen
from seven miles away. The accident occurred in Mont Belvieu, Texas—a
town that was already notorious for explosions and gas leaks since the
1980s. In 2011, Enterprise was one of the largest shippers and processors
of natural gas in the United States.
Compensation for Plant Explosion Damages
At Arnold & Itkin, we believe that
plant explosion victims have the right to collect financial compensation for injuries
suffered in devastating chemical plant explosion accidents. These types
of occurrences are far too common. If you or a loved one has been injured,
take the first steps toward the money you deserve and
contact a plant explosion attorney today
If your business has suffered because of an explosion accident that wasn't
your fault, you may be able to file a business interruption claim. Our
attorneys are well-versed in all practice areas related to injuries or
industrial accidents. We have recovered billions of dollars in verdicts
and settlements. A lawyer from
Arnold & Itkin can help you establish liability and understand your legal rights. The
sooner we hear from you, the faster we can help. Call today!