Harris County officials have confirmed that two workers were killed in the early morning on Saturday at a chemical facility in Pasadena, Texas. Witnesses say that the men went into a tank to clean it and were overcome by fumes.
Officials responded to the Quala firm at 5100 Underwood Road at approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday. Early reports indicate that one employee went into the back of a semi-truck and never came out. Another employee went to check on him and also did not come out of the truck’s tank. A third employee followed while wearing a gas mask and discovered the bodies of both men inside the tank.
What Does Quala Do?
According to its website, Quala is “North America’s largest independent network of tank cleaning, maintenance, and industrial services.” It offers inspections, testing, and repairs for the food, chemical, and transportation industries. The company has 74 locations across the nation and boasts that it accomplishes over 600,000 cleanings each year.
Quala cleans the following containers:
- Tank Trailers
- IBC / Tote Containers
- ISO Containers
- FRAC Tank Container
On its site, Quala says it prioritizes safe working practices at its locations. The company states that it encourages “employees to wear proper PPE and be conscious of their actions.”
Chemical Safety Procedures Matter
As investigators determine the cause of this accident, it’s important to remember the importance of training workers in the chemical industry. Proper standards, equipment, and practices make sure that workers aren’t injured or killed by preventable accidents. It’s the responsibility of companies to provide each of these things to their employees. When they fail to provide these things, injuries and fatalities unfairly change the lives of families.
The chemical accident lawyers from Arnold & Itkin will continue to follow this story and any future details revealed by authorities.