Plant & Refinery Accidents

After the Catastrophic 2013 Explosion at a Williams Olefins Facility, Our Firm Stepped Up to Help the Victims. Juries Have Already Awarded More Than $30 Million Total to Our Clients.

Plant and refinery workers are the most vital part of our industries. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer employers are willing to invest in their workers. We don’t just mean wages or benefits—we mean companies are less willing to invest in basic safety equipment for their people. At our law firm, we consider it our duty to fight for workers who have been ignored by their employers.

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Plant & Refinery Accident Lawyers

Helping Injured Industrial Workers Fight for Maximum Compensation

Were you injured in a serious plant or refinery accident? Our industrial accident lawyers are dedicated to representing victims of workplace accidents throughout Houston, all of Texas, and across the nation. If you are employed at a production plant or oil refinery, you know how dangerous your job can be. Aging equipment, ineffective safety policies, poorly-trained workers, and little maintenance has resulted in an industry that routinely harms its own workers every year. The worst part of the tragedy is that plant accidents and explosions are largely preventable—all it takes is for plant managers to do their jobs, create safe policies, and care for their workers.

When plant managers and owners don't care about their workers, Arnold & Itkin will. We have secured billions of dollars for victims of negligence in the last 5 years alone, including 2 massive verdicts for victims of the 2013 Olefins plant explosion. Our work has helped industrial employees all over the country achieve justice and lifelong security for themselves and their families.

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Whether you were injured at a chemical plant, power plant, or any other type of dangerous workplace, our firm is here to help.

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Why Hire the Arnold & Itkin Team?
  • Billions of Dollars Recovered for Injured Clients
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  • Handled Some of the Largest Plant Accidents in the Nation's History
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The Role & Importance of

OSHA in the Workplace

Plants and refineries are similar to many industrial workplaces, as more common accidents can happen on a regular basis. These do not have to be large in order to be deadly. While many accidents, such as the Texas City refinery explosion, are large in magnitude, many smaller accidents are just as catastrophic for the victims.

To better avoid these accidents, as well as more severe ones, the OHSA has set up rules and regulations for plants and refineries to follow. If an accident investigation shows that these standards were violated, then the responsible parties may be held accountable.

Human error is the most common cause of plant and refinery accidents, and when it comes to human error, the truth of the matter is that the most common cause is negligence. Whether that be the negligence of the employer, maintenance worker, or third party, it is typically the cause of things like explosions, fires, and other disasters. This means that a majority of these accidents could be avoided with proper training, supervision, safety measures, screening, and other actions.

Understanding the Danger of

Chemical Plant Accidents

Due to the volatile nature of the chemicals involved at chemical plants, it is absolutely crucial for workers to handle these substances correctly in order to avoid potential injury. Unfortunately, accidents can happen—including those that could have been avoided through more care and caution being taken at the workplace. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed out, some of the most common causes of chemical plant accidents include the use of poorly-designed equipment, poor hazard review, inadequate indications of process condition, and ignored warnings about potential problems—all of which could have been corrected prior to an accident occurring.

The Most Common Types of

Plant & Refinery Accidents
  • Chemical Plant Accidents

    Chemicals are toxic materials and highly flammable, which means that production plants for chemicals are extremely dangerous. If proper safety regulations are not held to, machine malfunctioning, improper handling, or another kind of negligence can cause serious accidents.

  • Oil Refinery Plant Accidents

    Oil refineries are a type of plant where crude oil is turned into types of petroleum products. These plants develop things such as gasoline. Because oil is refined by a process of heating crude oil, overheating is a common cause of accidents at refineries. Defective equipment, malfunctioning equipment, and unseen corrosion are common factors contributing to accidents.

  • Plant and Refinery Explosions

    Among other types of accidents that can take place at manufacturing plants and refineries such as chemical spills, these work environments are prone to serious explosion accidents. The prolonged lack of proper maintenance and care for equipment is typically the cause.

  • Plant and Refinery Fires

    Often in conjunction with explosions, but sometimes isolated instances, plant and refineries can be prone to fire. Chemicals, crude oil, and similar materials are highly flammable. If not handled properly they could result in a fire.

Why Contact Arnold & Itkin's Team of

Plant Accident Attorneys?

If you were injured in one of these accidents, it is time for you to talk with a plant accident lawyer about your legal options. For example, your employer may be found to have acted negligently by not providing adequate training to employees. In other cases, those responsible for the maintenance of machines may have been negligent if their neglect of maintenance led to an equipment malfunction.

You may be unsure of what factor caused your accident and injury, which is exactly why you should seek help from a personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin. We have helped hundreds of industrial workers just like you obtain recoveries for their injuries. We are proud to fight for the rights of injured victims, and should you become our client, we will do the same for you.

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  • $117 Million

    Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulances. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.

  • $76.6 Million

    Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of our client who had suffered from the usage of Risperdal.

  • $72 Million

    Arnold & Itkin has achieved a record settlement for a worker who was injured in a severe oilfield accident less than 2 years after the incident. His accident was a result of negligence from multiple parties--all of whom settled with our client only a week before trial. We are thrilled that our client will receive the medical care and future security he deserves.

  • $44 Million

    Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet away when a fallen piece of crane equipment pinned him down. Our firm got him the largest award ever given in a case involving loss of limb, including $8.5 million in punitive damages.

  • $41 Million

    Our client was a Houston-based investor who was cut out of a deal to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of Hawaii’s largest lumber suppliers. The jury found Key Principal Partners LLC and its parent Key Corporation guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties, interfering with Foreman's efforts to acquire the Honsador Lumber Corporation, and violating Hawaii's unfair competition statute. We won a massive $41 million verdict for the wrongdoing committed against our client.

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