Earlier this week, the KMCO LLC chemical plant in Crosby exploded, killing one worker and severely injuring two others. While the cause of the explosion is unknown, witnesses detected a leak of isobutylene, a flammable gas, shortly before the explosion. The chemical plant, which produces antifreeze and brake fluid among other products, sent an enormous cloud of black toxins into the air while the facility burned for several hours.
Shortly after being hospitalized, one of the injured workers called Arnold & Itkin to hold KMCO responsible for the plant explosion. The company has had a long history of safety and environmental violations at its Crosby site, which is about 25 miles northeast of Houston. This explosion, whatever its cause, is part of a pattern of negligence and disregard for safe practices that goes all the way back to 1987.
All plant owners have an ethical and legal obligation to minimize hazards in the workplace. Any site that houses highly-flammable materials must be in compliance with safety regulations; otherwise, they’re putting their employees at risk. Our case maintains that KMCO failed to provide its employees with proper safety training, failed to maintain a safe environment, and failed to provide its employees with adequate equipment, among other failures.
Our client is suffering from injuries, trauma, and disfigurement that will likely last for the rest of his life. He deserves to have his significant losses covered by the employer who caused them.
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In a recent report from Click2Houston, reporters identified the worker who died in the explosion. Authorities have not released the cause of the explosion. However, KMCO officials have released information about the chemical reaction that triggered the explosion. A transfer line containing isobutylene ignited, causing a tank to ignite and spread the fire to a neighboring building housing dry chemicals.
Yesterday, the Chemical Safety Board announced that it would be launching an investigation of their own to determine what safety choices led to the accident. While the Chemical Safety Board does not issue fines or penalties for negligence, CSB reports have been instrumental in addressing serious safety issues at industrial sites nationwide. Their findings will eventually help ensure this never happens again.
Arnold & Itkin will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. If you or a loved one was injured while working at KMCO, call (888) 493-1629 to speak with our team.