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“Working in industrial plants & refineries is important work. It's hard work, but it's not always safe work. Unfortunately, for the men and women who work in the plants, their safety is often put at risk; whether that's aging equipment, operator errors, or the safety policies and procedures being written down on a piece of paper but not actually be followed in the plants.”

- Jason Itkin
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Plant & Refinery Explosions

Plant explosions have been mentioned on the news more frequently in the last few years. The Texas City explosion, Geismar explosion—these events are tragic, environmentally harmful, and dangerous for the community. Worst of all, these events are preventable. Plant managers and owners can take steps to stop these tragedies before they ever happen. But they don't. Industry is the backbone of this country, and it's what has made us a leader on the world stage for over a century. That's why it bewilders us when companies do not take care of their facilities or their workers—these are things they depend on in order to continue. Companies need healthy workers.

Unfortunately, we have found that plant owners and managers are dangerously short-sighted. They forego routine maintenance in the name of uninterrupted production, despite the fact that it is more cost-effective to invest into the longevity of the equipment. They treat OSHA regulations regarding equipment updates like afterthoughts rather than the safety tools they were designed to be. They hire workers and put them to work unprepared and ill-trained, endangering everyone's lives.

These are not empty accusations either—these are based on our experience litigating plant explosions nationwide, including the 2013 Olefins Geismar explosion that killed 2 workers and injured dozens more. The root cause of the explosion was Olefins’ failure to follow correct procedure. For the cost of a $5 repair, Williams Olefins LLC could have spared over 160 workers injury, trauma, and death. But they didn’t—and good men paid the price. That’s why many of these workers have turned to Arnold & Itkin to present their cases. We have already won over $30 million in verdicts for victims of the Geismar explosion, and we aren’t finished yet. We will continue to fight for injured plant workers until refinery companies prioritize safety above short-term profits.

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"At Arnold & Itkin, you are not a number or a claims file, like you may get treated by the plant's lawyers or the plant's adjusters. You're a real person."
-Attorney Jason Itkin