Friday morning, just the day after the Geismar plant explosion, the first lawsuit was filed against the Williams Olefins, the owners of the Louisiana chemical plant. This victim of the explosion was not actually an employee on the chemical plant itself, but rather he was working at a nearby BASF plant on a scaffolding at the time of the explosion at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The lawsuit was filed with the 23rd Judicial District Court in Ascension Parish, and he and the attorneys are seeking to have their claim classified as a class action suit.
According to the suit, the victim incurred severe burn wounds on his throat due to the explosion, and he is also suffering with sinus problems. Due to the specific combination of chemicals which caused the explosion, the propylene emissions can act as a carcinogen which is known to resulting breathing complications for victims exposed to the chemicals. The attorneys representing the injured nearby worker believe that they will in fact be able to prove the company as being negligent, which lead to their client current is suffering.
Last Friday, the Williams President Alan Armstrong held a press conference expressing their grief for the lost and injured workers, devastated as they are uncertain to what caused the incident. Armstrong reports that the plant has been entirely shut down, although there are still 21 employees on site as well as four contractors who are responsible for securing all of the equipment.
Armstrong reports that once they come to a conclusion as to what caused this tragedy they will be acting in any ways necessary in order to prevent anything like this from happening again. They aim to fully cooperate with both state and federal investigators to get to the bottom of the cause of the disaster. Armstrong also shares his heart for people working in the industrial industry, and he along with others, have spent a large portion of their lives seeking to implement better safety for the workers. Instances like this, Armstrong shares, make him feel as though all his efforts were in vain.