Employees Injured in Texas Chemical Plant Explosion
Written by Greg on May 22, 2018
An explosion and fire at a Texas chemical plant resulted in at least 21 injuries. The chemical company, Kuraray American Eval, is located in Pasadena, Texas. The Pasadena Fire Marshall reported that the fire was put out and that there was no threat to the immediate area. The victims reportedly suffered various injuries including burns and topical injuries. Some were said to have been hurt when they fled the explosion and fire. The fire caused noticeable smoke and odor to the nearby community.
The cause of the explosion and fire are being investigated. However, company officials stated that a valve malfunction caused the explosion and fire. The company also stated that they are working with fire officials. The Kuraray America Eval is a worldwide leader of chemical, fiber, and resin production, according to their website. The incident occurred at about 10:43 AM.
Injuries to Workers
Initial reports indicate that 21 workers were injured in the incident. Two of the victims suffered serious burns and were airlifted to the hospital. 19 workers suffered less serious injuries that were non-life-threatening. There were approximately 250 people working at the plant at the time of the incident.
In this instance, details of the injuries were not reported except to say that they were burns. Chemical burns and burns from a fire are among the most painful of all injuries. Burns are classified as first, second, or third degree. First degree burns are the mildest, with damage only to the outer layer of skin.
Second-degree burns reach deeper into the second layer of skin and often cause scarring. Third-degree burns are the most serious and can be life-threatening. Burned areas of skin can appear charred and they are often deep wounds.
Burns require immediate medical attention and can be life-threatening. Burn patients may also suffer smoke inhalation and may have problems breathing. Chemical burns are medical emergencies. The victim requires immediate medical treatment and ongoing care until the area is fully healed. They may require skin grafts and scarring will occur. They might need to have surgery at a later date to repair scar tissue.
Employee Safety Concerns
Chemical plant workers are among the most dangerous jobs. Chemical spills or equipment failures can lead to serious consequences. Employers are required to ensure that their location is safe for employees. They need to take care to properly handle dangerous substances and train employees on the correct procedures.
In addition, the company must follow all safety rules and regulations. They must inspect and test equipment on a regular basis to ensure the safety of employees. Supervisors and managers need to provide safety equipment and must oversee operations to make sure that safety procedures are followed.
Those who have been injured due to the negligence of another may be entitled to compensation. Medical expenses, medications, rehabilitative therapy and future care are costs that should be covered by the negligent party. In addition, the victim may seek damages such as money for lost wages and for pain and suffering.
Woman awarded $89 million in Lawsuit Against Trucking Company
A Texas jury awarded a Houston woman $89.7 million in a lawsuit against a large trucking firm. The lawsuit stemmed from a 2014 crash with a big rig on Interstate 20 in Odessa, Texas. The accident killed the woman’s 7-year-old son, paralyzed her 12-year-old daughter and caused extensive brain damage to another son.
The big rig was owned and operated by Werner Enterprises and was being driven by a student driver at the time of the crash. According to the details of the case, the area was experiencing bad weather on the day of the crash and the National Weather Service had issued warnings for freezing rain and icy conditions. The driver was reportedly traveling at 50 MPH just before the crash. He was on a schedule that required him to make a delivery in California the following day.
Dangerous Trucking Company Practices
This case illustrates the dangerous practices in which some trucking companies might participate. The attorney in this case stated that the truck driver should have taken another route due to weather conditions, but because of an expedited delivery schedule, he had to remain on the road. An inexperienced driver might have been unaware of the consequences of remaining on the road during these conditions.
There are many instances such as this one, in which big rig drivers were negligent while on the road. One of the factors in some accidents is fatigue due to driving for long periods of time. Drivers are often paid by the load and therefore need to try to handle the delivery in as short a time as possible. Fatigue on the roads is one of the most serious problems because it can be just as deadly as drunk driving.
Another factor may be distracted driving. This includes texting while driving, which is illegal in the state of Texas. Distractions are activities that cause drivers to take their eyes on the road, their hands off the wheel or their minds off driving. Texting requires a driver to engage in all three types of distractions, making it a very dangerous activity.
Injuries in Big Rig Accidents
When a vehicle collides with a big rig, it often results in very severe injuries. As in this case, victims may suffer back and neck injuries that cause paralysis, head trauma that can cause a traumatic brain injury or fatalities. Victims and their families may suffer financially due to the enormous medical bills for treatment and ongoing care. In addition, they also deal with pain and suffering and other damages that are directly related to the injuries.
First and foremost, families need to deal with their immediate medical needs. Then, they will need to work with the insurance company to get compensation for their damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies may not provide a settlement that will adequately cover all of the current and future expenses. An experienced truck accident attorney will work to get you the settlement you and your family deserve. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in a big rig accident contact the attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm today to discuss your case.
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