Plant & Refinery Accidents

After the Catastrophic 2013 Explosion at a Williams Olefins Facility, Our Firm Stepped Up to Help the Victims. Juries Have Already Awarded More Than $30 Million Total to Our Clients.

Plant and refinery workers are the most vital part of our industries. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer employers are willing to invest in their workers. We don’t just mean wages or benefits—we mean companies are less willing to invest in basic safety equipment for their people. At our plant accident law firm, we consider it our duty to fight for workers who have been ignored by their employers.

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Plant & Refinery Accident Lawyers

Helping Injured Industrial Workers in Texas, Louisiana & Nationwide

Were you injured in a serious plant or refinery accident? Our industrial accident lawyers are dedicated to representing victims of workplace accidents throughout all of Texas, Louisiana, and across the nation. If you are employed at a production plant or oil refinery, you know how dangerous your job can be. Aging equipment, ineffective safety policies, poorly-trained workers, and little maintenance has resulted in an industry that routinely harms its own workers every year. The worst part of the tragedy is that plant accidents and explosions are largely preventable—all it takes is for plant managers to do their job, create safe policies, and care for their workers.

When plant managers and owners don't care about their workers, Arnold & Itkin will. Our Houston plant explosion attorneys from our legal team have secured billions of dollars for victims of negligence in the last five years alone, including two massive verdicts for victims of the 2013 Olefins plant explosion. Our work has helped industrial employees all over the country achieve justice and lifelong security for themselves and their families.

Contact Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation at (888) 493-1629. We can give you the answers you're looking for while helping you recover from your injuries.

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Whether you were injured at a chemical plant, power plant, or any other type of dangerous workplace, our firm is here to help.

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Why Hire the Arnold & Itkin Team?
  • Billions of Dollars Recovered for Injured Clients
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The Role & Importance of

OSHA in the Workplace

Plants and refineries are similar to many industrial workplaces, as more common accidents can happen on a regular basis. These do not have to be large in order to be deadly. While many accidents, such as the Texas City refinery explosion, are large in magnitude, many smaller accidents are just as catastrophic for the victims.

To better avoid these accidents, as well as more severe ones, the OSHA has set up rules and regulations for plants and refineries to follow. If an accident investigation shows that these standards were violated, then the responsible parties may be held accountable.

Human error is the most common cause of plant and refinery accidents, and when it comes to human error, the truth of the matter is that the most common cause is negligence. Whether that be the negligence of the employer, maintenance worker, or a third party, it is typically the cause of things like explosions, fires, and other disasters. This means that the majority of these accidents could be avoided with proper training, supervision, safety measures, screening, and other actions.

Understanding the Danger of

Chemical Plant Accidents

Due to the volatile nature of the chemicals involved in chemical plants, it is absolutely crucial for workers to handle these substances correctly to avoid potential injury. Unfortunately, accidents can happen—including those that could have been avoided through more care and caution being taken at the workplace. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed out, some of the most common causes of chemical plant accidents include the use of poorly-designed equipment, poor hazard review, inadequate indications of process condition, and ignored warnings about potential problems—all of which could have been corrected before an accident occurs.

For instance, the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar had a design flaw the company was warned about for years. The flaw eventually led to an explosion that killed 2 workers and injured 167.

The Most Common Types of

Plant & Refinery Accidents
  • Chemical Plant Accidents

    Working in a chemical plant comes with many inherent risks due to the volatility of the chemicals that are being produced. Even so, many of the injuries that occur in chemical plants could be easily avoided if workers practiced caution and followed proper safety protocols. Chemicals are toxic materials and highly flammable, which means that production plants for chemicals are extremely dangerous. If proper safety regulations are not held to, machine malfunctioning, improper handling, or another kind of negligence can cause serious accidents.

  • Oil Refinery Plant Accidents

    Oil refineries are a type of plant where crude oil is turned into types of petroleum products. Because of the technology used in oil refineries, they can be thought of as a type of chemical plant in many ways. Heating is used to refine the crude oil, so accidents that result from overheating are common. These plants develop things such as gasoline. Defective equipment, malfunctioning equipment, and unseen corrosion are common factors contributing to accidents.

  • Plant & Refinery Explosions

    Plants and refineries are particularly dangerous due to the high volume of flammable and combustible materials inside the plant. If employers do not enforce proper safety protocols, catastrophic explosions could happen at any moment. While following proper safety protocols is vital, it is also crucial that management properly maintain and update the equipment in the plant. Many past explosions could have been avoidable had worn-down or outdated equipment been maintained or upgraded. The prolonged lack of proper maintenance and care for equipment is typically the cause of these accidents.

  • Plant & Refinery Fires

    Fires are catastrophic events that do not necessarily cause an explosion. Chemicals, crude oil, and similar materials are highly flammable. If not handled properly, they could result in a fire. Fires occur often in conjunction with explosions, but sometimes in isolated instances too.

Why You Should Call Arnold & Itkin's Team of

Plant Injury Attorneys

If you were injured in one of these accidents, it is time for you to talk with a plant and refinery accident lawyer about your legal options. For example, your employer may be found to have acted negligently by not providing adequate training to employees. In other cases, those responsible for the maintenance of machines may have been negligent if their neglect of maintenance led to an equipment malfunction.

You may be unsure of what factor caused your accident and injury, which is exactly why you should seek help from a plant accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin. We have helped hundreds of industrial workers just like you obtain recoveries for their injuries. We are proud to fight for the rights of injured victims, and should you become our client, we will do the same for you.

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    Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.

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    Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.

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    Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.

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    Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.

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    Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.

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