Crosby KMCO Chemical Plant Explosion Lawyers
Texas Chemical Plant Explodes, Leaving 1 Dead & At Least 2 Injured
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at around 10:45 a.m., a KMCO chemical plant exploded in Crosby, Texas, roughly 25 miles northeast of Houston. According to early reports, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred when a transfer line ignited a tank holding flammable chemicals. A nearby roadway was shut down in the aftermath and residents within a one-mile radius were told to shelter in place. It took more than five hours to fully contain the fire.
Authorities have confirmed that one individual was killed and two were severely injured in the blast. Residents near the plant report feeling their homes shake because of the power of the explosion.
Arnold & Itkin is currently investigating the chemical plant explosion at the KMCO facility. If you or someone you love has been impacted, we encourage you to call our team of plant explosion lawyers immediately at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. We can help answer your questions and discuss your next steps.
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KMCO: A History of Violations in Houston
This is the second significant chemical plant explosion in the Houston area in less than three weeks. What's more, KMCO, LLC has a recent history of environmental violations and safety issues. In 2011, an explosion at the plant injured two employees. Then, in 2016, The Houston Chronicle investigated KMCO. This investigation revealed that Harris County sued KMCO in 2008 for releasing toxins into the air that caused headaches and other symptoms for nearby residents. To settle the case, KMCO paid $100,000 in civil penalties. In addition to this civil penalty, the lawsuit required KMCO to remain accessible to investigators because of repeated violations.
KMCO bought the plant in 2012, so it claims that it is not responsible for these violations. Yet, KMCO was criminally convicted of knowingly violating the Clean Air Act in 2016. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the company to pay $3.5 million in criminal fines. In 2016, residents near the plant complained to Harris County officials about black sludge collecting in the creek. Records reveal that the investigator of this substance developed an orange-sized knot at the base of her neck and suffered from headaches. Harris County sued KMCO in 2017 in response to this series of events.
Plant Explosions & Their Dangers
Plant explosions are dangerous and place the lives of workers at risk every day. In fact, the United States has the highest number of deaths caused by plant explosions. Studies have revealed that plant explosions reach temperatures of over 1,000 degrees, so the threat of severe burn injuries is a constant threat to workers. Because of this inherent risk, companies must take every step to protect their employees.
Injuries caused by plant explosions include the following:
In addition to placing workers at risk, chemical plant explosions place nearby residents at risk of toxic exposure. According the to the TCEQ, the KMCO plant fire released about 2,300 pounds of pollutants into the air. Substances such as isobutylene, toluene, and other dangerous chemicals burned during the fire.
These chemicals are known to cause the following if inhaled:
- Birth defects
- Ventricular arrythmias
- Chemical pneumonitis
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At Arnold & Itkin, we have earned a reputation for helping the victims of some of the nation’s most catastrophic incidents. From winning millions on behalf of those impacted by the 2013 Williams Olefins plant explosion to helping the crew injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, we have been there to help victims and their families rebuild and recover. We know what it takes to stand up against massive corporations that have put an emphasis on profit over safety time and time again. We have the experience, the skill, the know-how, and the drive to fight for our clients.
If you or a loved one have been impacted in an accident such as the one that rocked Crosby, TX in April 2019, our chemical plant explosion lawyers are here for you. Call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation.