Less than a week ago, we reported an explosion at Westlake Chemical South, a plant located just a few miles from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Numerous workers were injured in the incident, which involved an empty ethylene dichloride tank that exploded. Five were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
Arnold & Itkin just filed suit on behalf of one of the workers.
Our client worked as a welder at Westlake Chemical South when the empty ethylene dichloride tank exploded, throwing him off his feet. He suffered severe trauma to major parts of his body due to the blast. Injuries like this are common in serious plant accidents such as this one. Workers are often left with lasting or permanent injuries that forever impact their ability to work and even perform everyday day-to-day tasks. Our goal is to find answers and help our client get the treatment and support he needs to face a more stable future.
Attorney Kyle Findley spoke with KLFY about the incident:
“The immediate thoughts that come to mind are for the workers who would be there, thoughts of what they might be going through, and what appeared to be another safety issue overlooked by a plant, which is the unfortunate reality in a lot of these explosions.”
So far, Westlake Chemical has released no information about how and why the explosion occurred.
Arnold & Itkin’s Previous Lawsuits Against Westlake Chemical
This is not the first time we’ve filed suit against Westlake Chemical on behalf of workers injured in an explosion. We also represent 22 workers injured in a September 2021 explosion at the Westlake Chemical Petro Complex 2 in Sulphur, Louisiana.
“It came as a shock to us that there was another explosion in close proximity,” said Attorney Findley. “The immediate thoughts that come to mind are for the workers who would be there, thoughts of what they might be going through, and what appeared to be another safety issue overlooked by a plant, which is the unfortunate reality in a lot of these explosions.”
Plant owners and operators must comply with state and federal regulations relating to worker safety, equipment maintenance, and more. If they overlook safety standards, the results can be catastrophic.
“This shouldn’t occur, and it certainly shouldn’t occur in the time frame in which it did,” said Attorney Findley. “So, we hope to continue to push and continue this litigation to take care of the workers that were injured but also to instill change.”
Our plant explosion attorneys are known nationwide for getting the life-changing results workers need after disasters like these. We represented dozens of injured workers in the June 2013 Williams Olefins plant explosion, securing significant recoveries. We represented one-third of the Deepwater Horizon crew after the rig exploded and sank, achieving unmatched results on their behalf. We will fight to do the same for the Westlake Chemical workers we’re representing. As with every case we handle, we’re all in. No matter what.
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