The Formosa Plastics Corporation plan in Point Comfort, Texas is currently under investigation after a fire in the ethylene purification unit injured 16 workers on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. The incident happened in the afternoon when workers were doing maintenance in the unit. There is still no definite explanation for the blaze, but at least two workers were transported to hospitals in critical condition.
A report from the United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) shows that this Formosa Plastics plant has not always been safe. In fact, the plant experienced an explosion and fire in another unit on the 1,600 acre property back in 2005. At that time, the CSB decided to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and determine whether or not the plant did all that they could to avoid the accident. They learned that Formosa Plastics did not require that all employees wear fireproof clothing when working.
The employees that were operational in the Olefins II unit prior to the 2005 fire could have been spared from serious burns if they wore the appropriate flame resistant work outfits. The CSB says there were large quantities of flammable liquids and gases at the plant and that all workers should have been required to wear the precautionary clothing.
The accident which happened yesterday at the Formosa Plastics plant in Point Comfort resulted in 16 worker injuries. These individuals were treated for burns and smoke inhalation. You can read more about this fire by clicking here to read the original blog about the accident. All chemical plants are required to take every necessary precaution to protect employees from harm. If you want more information about the Formosa plant explosion, or want to litigate after suffering an injury at the plant, then talk to the Houston personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP today!