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Williams Plant Explosion

When Plant Workers Are Injured, They Turn to Arnold & Itkin for Legal Help.

Williams Plant Explosion Attorneys

There Are Few Incidents More Devastating Than a Plant Explosion or Fire

At Arnold & Itkin, we have seen too often how sheer negligence or gross misconduct can cause catastrophic accidents to occur—leaving workers and local residents suffering from not only life-threatening injuries, but the loss of loved ones. This devastation is why our plant explosion lawyers are so committed to advocating for their legal rights. Backed by years of hands-on experience and success in these cases, we have the skill you need to fight for maximum compensation.

5 Reasons You Should Call Our Firm Now

  • Billions of dollars won on behalf of our clients
  • Several cases won that set both state and national records
  • Nearly one third of the Deepwater Horizon crew was represented by our firm
  • Cases won by our firm in more than 40 different states
  • Contingent fees mean you don’t pay us unless we win your case

See how our firm can help you. Contact us today for a completely free and confidential consultation.

Plant Explosion in Gibson, Louisiana: October 8, 2015

At approximately 11 a.m. on October 8, 2015, a blast was reported in Gibson, LA near a Williams Partners’ natural gas facility owned by subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. According to reports, the plant was not operational at the time of the explosion and no gas was flowing. That being said, there were 12+ employees present at the plant, as well as 19 contractors. All of the employees were accounted for and reported as not being injured; however, 3 of the contractors were killed. Two individuals were reported as injured and in serious condition following the explosion. Initially, it is believed the source of the blast was a piece of equipment that was having routine maintenance performed. The equipment, known as a “slug catcher,” collects hydrocarbons building up within the pipelines.

Williams Olefins Plant Explosion: June 13, 2013

Williams is no stranger to catastrophic plant explosions. In 2013, tragedy struck another one of their plants in Geismar, Louisiana when a petrochemical plant exploded after the “catastrophic” failure of a heat exchanger. This led to the death of 2 workers and serious injuries to more than 100 individuals. The explosion could be felt for more than five miles around the plant. In December of 2013, Williams Olefins was cited by OSHA for six different process safety management standard violations, with one of them being named as willful. The company was fined for $99,000.

Those violations include the following:

  • Mixing hot quench water with propylene
  • Not documenting workplace training
  • Not providing appropriate pressure protection
  • Not correcting deficiencies that internal compliance audit discovered
  • Not completing a process hazard analysis

The willful violation was the failure to develop procedures on changing / putting idle pressure vessels in service.

Our firm is proud to have helped dozens of the workers injured in the Williams plant explosion.

Our Firm’s Past Experience with Plant Accident Cases

Not only did our firm represent nearly one third of the Deepwater Horizon crewmembers, but we also represented workers injured in the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion. Our experience with plant accident and explosion cases can be seen by browsing through our victories, which we believe show our dedication to the advocacy for these hard-working individuals. We encourage you to check them out for yourself by browsing through our victories here.

Examples of our victories in plant accident cases:

  • $13.75 Million – We represented an individual severely injured while employed at a plant. We reached this settlement approximately 9 months after the initial injury.
  • $12 Million – Our client was a plant worker who had sustained severe burns after the failure of a safety valve at the plant where he was employed.
  • $11.75 Million – We reached a confidential settlement within a year of our client’s injury. Our client had been injured while working a turnaround within a few days of arriving.
  • $5.9 Million – Our firm represented a widow and her family whose husband was killed at a Southeast Texas plant after a series of pipes was dropped on him.
  • $2.4 Million – Our client had been performing his job when an area of the refinery burst into flames; he was injured while trying to escape.

Experienced. Aggressive. Trial Lawyers.

If you have suffered from chemical burns, toxic exposure, or even the loss of a loved one after a Williams plant explosion, our team is here to help you. Based in Houston, we represent clients from coast to coast and have the skill and experience to take on these complex cases. Should you work with our firm, you can feel confident knowing you have a heavyweight in your corner who is invested in the outcome of your case and who is fighting to help you maximize your recovery.

Take the first step toward getting the help that you deserve. Call (888) 493-1629 or fill out our online form to send our firm a message. We offer completely free, confidential consultations.

Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin tried a case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about a drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained for an individual ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients 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.
  • $193 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History 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.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History 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 ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement 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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