Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple survivors of the KMCO plant fire and explosion in Crosby, Texas. The accident occurred on April 2, 2019, just weeks after another significant plant fire a few miles away in Deer Park, Texas. Our attorneys are representing individuals who were working at the plant during the accident and sustained injuries as a result. In addition to causing injuries, the explosion also claimed the life of one worker. In addition to this case, our lawyers are representing a man who sustained serious injuries during the explosion.
Workers report detecting an isobutylene leak shortly before the accident. Isobutylene is a highly flammable gas that has been known to explode when it leaks. Workers report that management was aware of the leak and failed to fix it. To make matters worse, we’ve documented that the KMCO plant has a repetitive history of fines and violations. The plant has accumulated more than 60 OSHA violations and $4 million in penalties since 1987.
Owner Resource Group, current owners of the KMCO plant, has attempted to pin the plant's dangerous history on past ownership. However, the plant has remained a consistent source of safety violations and environmental issues during its past and present ownership history.
“As long as I’ve been doing environmental work for Harris County, I’ve been involved in cases with this company, either with the previous owner or the current owner, and I’ve been doing this for close to 30 years. This company has been around forever causing trouble,” said Rock Owens, managing attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s environmental section.
Plant owners and managers have a responsibility to protect the lives of their workers. At a chemical plant, management must ensure that the risk of fire and explosion is eliminated at every chance. Regardless of the plant's past history, Owner Resource Group had a duty to protect workers from a serious accident and completely failed to do so. Now, dozens of workers are suffering and one paid the ultimate price for the company's lack of adequate safety practices.
Arnold & Itkin Fights for Plant Workers
Every member of our team is proud to be an advocate for worker safety. We make sure that survivors and their families get the care they need and deserve. We're proud that we've been able to help clients through some of the worst industrial accidents of the last decade. We’ll lay out the history of the plant and prove that KMCO failed to provide the adequate training, equipment, and safe work environment that workers deserve. Our KMCO plant explosion attorneys will fight to obtain justice for those who are suffering because of this tragic and preventable accident.