Baytown, Texas was the site of ExxonMobil's latest work plant incident. Reportedly, a column at the facility burst into flames earlier this afternoon. The cause of the eruption has yet to be determined, and firefighters were still frantically battling the flames as late afternoon turned into evening . Still under investigation, very little has been revealed about the accident; however, law enforcement officers have reported that the fire appears to be localized to one of the plant's diesel products.
Throughout the city, ambulances have been put on standby as a precautionary method, although a spokesperson for ExxonMobil indicated that the company does not anticipate utilizing these responders. Officials of ExxonMobil have reported that no injuries were sustained at the time the fire broke out and that the diesel product will not pose any hazard to the environment. Nevertheless, the company called for its Industrial Hygiene staff to conduct air quality monitoring around the complex, as well as the community.
Incidents of this nature are not unusual for ExxonMobil. In fact, just last year, the United States Department of Labor issued an OSHA Regional News Release that cited the company's Baton Rouge site for similar issues. In September of 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited ExxonMobil for no less than 20 serious violations. These violations referred to the company's tendency to expose workers to hazardous conditions, most of which could have easily resulted in fires or explosions.
Considering the flames currently under siege in Baytown, one must wonder if similar conditions could have caused the latest Exxon plant fire. What caused the diesel product to suddenly – and unexpectedly – burst into flames? The company has had issues in the past in regards to complying with OSHA safety standards, particularly those related to the process of safety management and equipment repair. These types of issues are exactly what can cause fires and explosions to occur, making it absolutely necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident before the case is officially closed.
At Arnold & Itkin, an entire section of our practice is devoted specifically to the investigation and representation of plant and refinery fires We have seen to0 many instances of poor management and negligent operations to automatically assume that a plant fire occurred for no reason. We know what the results of plant violations look like, and we know how to identify when fires and explosions occurred from professional plant misconduct. Under our representation, you can trust that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the circumstances leading up to, and following, a plant fire. When it can be proven that the incident resulted from faulty products or any other type of negligent violation, we will aggressively pursue the case in court.