Industrial Injuries at Factories, Plants & Oil Refineries
Baytown is home to Baytown Refinery, which is owned and operated by ExxonMobil. This facility was the site of a July 31, 2019 plant fire that injured 66 workers, unleashed harmful contaminants into the air, and released millions of gallons of firefighting wastewater into the Houston Ship Channel. Our Baytown industrial accident lawyers are representing multiple workers who were injured in this tragic incident.
The ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown was the site of yet another industrial accident on December 23, 2021. Four workers were hospitalized after a fire and apparent explosion occurred at the facility around 1:00 am. The facility houses a chemical plant, an olefins plant, and an oil refinery, increasing the chances of any fire or other incident becoming a catastrophe that injures multiple workers. This particular fire broke out in the part of the refinery that's responsible for gasoline production, according to local news reports. Three of the injured workers were airlifted and one was transported by ground to receive medical treatment.
Though each industrial injury can be an excruciating experience, they manifest in several different ways depending on circumstance. Due to the naturally hazardous nature of industrial settings like factories or chemical plants, workers must be protected from numerous accidents. OSHA has even named a specific group of four workplace death causes because they’re so common; the organization calls them “the Fatal Four.”
Some work injuries are fatal. When families lose fathers, mothers, children, grandparents, or other loved ones, our Baytown plant and refinery death lawyers are there to find answers. We are completely committed to seeking justice in the name of those who have been lost in oil refinery accidents, factory fires, plant explosions, and other catastrophes, and we aren't afraid to go up against any opponent in the name of what's right.
Our Baytown industrial and work accident lawyers help with all types of accidents including:
The OSH Act of 1970: A Century of Reform
Beginning in the late 18th century, the Industrial Revolution forced American companies to address the hazardous conditions that workers faced each day on the job. Laws and regulations slowly imparted confidence into the daily routine of the American worker. The struggle for safety came to a point when the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was made law. This law made companies responsible for workplace safety. Notably, it required companies to educate workers about safety so they could protect themselves.
You have the authority to report a problem. If you think your employer is violating the safety of you and your coworkers, do not hesitate to report it to a supervisor. If a company willfully neglects the safety and concerns of workers, they may be held liable when the unfortunate event of an industrial accident occurs. You have the right to report safety concerns without fear of retaliation (such as demotion, pay reduction, or termination).
If you believe your rights have been violated in any way, a Baytown factory injury attorney at our firm can help.
Plant Turnaround Accidents in Baytown, TX
In industrial terms, a turnaround is a process wherein a plant or refinery is temporarily shut down so equipment and machinery can be repaired, upgraded, or replaced. Turnarounds are necessary for maintenance, but they are also complicated and can present serious hazards for workers if they are not handled with the utmost care.
An entire plant or refinery must be shut down for a turnaround, and they do not always go as planned. According to case studies by T.A. Cook and Solomon Associates, more than half of plant turnarounds experience significant delays, and most go over budget. Nearly half of all accidents at manufacturing plants happen during turnarounds.
When workers are injured during plant turnarounds, they are in danger of facing the long-term consequences not only of their injuries but of financial problems caused by mounting medical bills and lost earnings. The same happens when turnarounds are delayed to cut costs, only for a plant to be the site of a tragic explosion or fire. Finding a Baytown plant turnaround injury lawyer will be your best bet if you or someone you love has been injured. You may be entitled to the level of compensation that helps you completely rebuild and move on.
Big Results for Texas Workers
Arnold & Itkin LLP is proud of its reputation for protecting workers after industrial accidents. For example, when a plywood plant exploded in 2014, we were there to earn $39.7 million to ensure a survivor’s financial stability. In 2013, our firm helped nearly a dozen plant workers secure $34 million total to reclaim their medical costs and lost wages after an explosion. In another case, we helped a construction worker recover $44 million for the loss of his leg after a crane accident—securing the largest verdict ever for an amputee victim.
We understand that nothing can completely make up for the pain experienced in an industrial accident. However, our Baytown factory accident attorneys believe that survivors of all industrial accidents deserve the respect of being compensated for their pain and suffering. Our victories have recovered billions of dollars for clients who needed their lives stabilized after experiencing the unthinkable.
Call Our Baytown Work Accident Attorneys Today at (888) 493-1629
At Arnold & Itkin, we take pride in investigating and preparing personal injury cases with the resources required for victory. We build strong cases that have frequently resulted in settlements being reached before trial. However, if cases do go to trial, our Baytown oil refinery injury attorneys will relentlessly fight for as long as it takes to hold the company responsible for neglect. Turn to lawyers who have faced and beaten companies like this before.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to the neglect of another party, contact our Texas industrial accident attorneys today at (888) 493-1629. We're here to help.
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