Galveston Industrial Accident Attorneys
Fighting for the Victims of Industrial Injury in Galveston, TX
For over 100 years, the industrial workers that have made the American economy what it is today have fought relentlessly for their own safety. Numerous tragedies have pushed work safety into the modern era. Under the law, employees arrive at work each day with the right to be provided a safe environment in which to do their job. However, many employers do not faithfully follow the safety standards that every worker in the nation is legally entitled to. As a result, corporate negligence puts workers' lives at risk every day.
Common locations for industrial accidents include:
Galveston: The Hub of Texas Industry
As one of the largest ports in the United States, Galveston is a hub of industry in the Gulf region. Due to its proximity to the oil fields of Texas, the port serves as an important step in the state’s energy production process. However, Galveston and Texas City do not just serve as a point of transportation for energy, but they produce it as well. In fact, the Galveston Bay Refinery employs over 1,000 people, cementing the area as a central location for the nation’s energy production.
Disaster Across the Bay
Galveston was just miles away from the worst industrial accident in American history. On April 16, 1947 the residents of Galveston felt an explosion rock Texas City. Across the bay, residents could see plumes of smoke, fire, and the ruins of what used to be buildings. Texas City looked like a warzone.
That morning, a ship called the Grandcamp was being loaded with fertilizer comprised of ammonium nitrate. Used throughout World War II as an explosive, ammonium nitrate found a post-war use as a potent fertilizer. That morning, the Grandcamp was also loaded with a stockpile of government owned ammunition. When a fire broke out in the hull of the ship, the situation became dire. However, most of the fire crew and workers did not know the true danger hiding in the burning ship. To make things worse, the captain of the ship prevented crews from using their hoses to put flames out to keep the cargo dry.
When the ammonium nitrate reached dangerous levels of heat, it violently exploded. The ammunition in the ship’s belly combined with the wood of the ship to create what was essentially a giant grenade, sending pieces flying in every direction. The explosion leveled city blocks, crumpled cars, and could be felt miles away. Nearly 600 people were killed and over 5,000 were injured. Just across the water, Galveston was a witness to one of the most unfortunate series of events in the history of industrial work.
The most tragic aspect of this incident was the fact that it was preventable. The fire was believed to been started by a worker’s cigarette. Though smoking was officially banned, the rules were not enforced. Adding to the tragedy was the ship’s captain who ignorantly prevented firefighters from doing their jobs. Had procedures been in place and laws followed, this accident would not have happened. The scale of this disaster is an example of why negligence must be held accountable—especially for the sake of those have suffered from it.
We Understand Your Struggle. We Fight For Results.
The Galveston industrial accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin understand the pain of being injured on the job. We know that those who suffer from negligence suffer a loss of income, high medical bills, and physical and mental anguish. We seek maximum recovery for every client, helping them to rebuild their life and provide for themselves and their families. When negligence happens, our lawyers know how to build a case, defend it in court, and deliver results to our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an industrial accident, call us today at (888) 493-1629. Consultation is free, and you do not pay unless we win.
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