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Crosby – Explosion and Fire at Chemical Plant Kills One, Injures Two

Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 2:46 pm    

There was an explosion at a chemical plant in Crosby, TX this morning. One person has been reported dead and another two are injured.

The fire started when a transfer line ignited near a tank of Isobutylene, causing the explosion. The tank continues to burn while firefighters have been called to the scene. An adjacent building is also on fire.

A “shelter in place” warning has been issued to all residents within a one-mile area of the fire, which broke out at the KMCO plant at 16500 Ramsey Road. This means that students at Crosby ISD schools will not be allowed to leave their campuses until the warning is lifted. Other school districts are handling the warning based in their proximity to the fire. To maintain safety, other districts have cancelled outdoor activities and turned off their air conditioning systems in response to the airborne chemical leak.

We will closely monitor this chemical leak and provide more information as it becomes available.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Fort Worth — Man Dies After Vape Pen Explodes

Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 1:27 am    

On January 29, 2019, a Fort Worth man died after his vape pen exploded, thus cutting a major artery in his neck.

According to reports, William Eric Brown, 24, was sitting in his car in front of the Smoke & Vape DZ store at the 4500 block of Golden Triangle when his pen exploded. He was then taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he died because of the “penetrating trauma from the exploding vaporizer pen,” which referred to the shrapnel from the blast that severed his left carotid artery.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of William Eric Brown. Alas, it has slowly come to the attention of everyone that e-cigarettes like the one that Brown used can actually explode. According to the U.S. Fire Administration in 2017, there were 133 acute injuries from e-cigarettes and other similar devices that happened between 2009 and 2016. Most of the fires and explosions occurred while the e-cigarette was in a pocket or was being used. At the time of the report, none of the injuries resulted in death — that is, until in May 2018 when a Florida man was killed when his e-cigarette exploded.

Because of these reported accidents involving e-cigarettes and similar devices, it has been noted that these devices present a unique hazard due to their shape and the presence of a lithium-ion battery in a device that, when used, is so close to the face of the user. The Fire Administration said that the shape of e-cigarettes, which is cylindrical, makes them more likely to act as though they are “flaming rockets” if a battery fails. That is why, while the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very minute, the consequences of a failure has the possibility to be severe and, at times, deadly.

Accidents like the one that Brown experienced are incredibly complicated for the victims and for their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Lubbock — House Fire Kills One Person

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 1:17 am    

On Monday, February 4, 2019, a fire engulfed a house in Lubbock and killed one person.

According to initial reports, Lubbock Fire crews were dispatched to the 100 block of East Stanford Street at approximately 7 in the morning because of a report of a fire. Upon the arrival, they came to discover that the house and the garage were fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors claimed that there was an explosion inside the house prior to the fire, but Lubbock Fire Rescue is yet to confirm that.

The crews found one person dead at the back of the house.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified victim. Alas, there are countless other victims whose lives are taken away by a fire. Fire accidents are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Conroe — Explosion at Conroe Chemical Plant Injures 2 Employees

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 7:33 am    

Two workers were injured after an explosion that occurred at Aegion Coatings Services, a chemical plant facility in Conroe, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, January 24, 2019.

According to Caney Creek Fire Department, the accident occurred at 10625 Jefferson Chemical Road around 1 in the afternoon. Two electricians were working on a high voltage electrical panel when it exploded, thus causing serious burns to both of them. They were both brought to the hospital for burn treatments.

The firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire, and they said that though a lot of dust from the plant blew around, no chemicals were released.

Authorities did not order for an evacuation for the surrounding area, but as a precautionary measure, the other workers in the facility were forced to evacuate.

It is unfortunate to hear of the serious injuries that the two workers sustained from this accident. Alas, this is not the first time that someone has been injured while at work. Even worse, there are actually a lot of workers who died while on the job. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the United States (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers). This can be interpreted as more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.

In addition to this, there were 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2017, with 971 from that number (or 20.7%) being in construction. In other words, one in five worker deaths in 2017 were in construction. The leading causes of private sector deaths in the construction industry — which are referred to as the “Fatal Four” — are falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for about 59.9% of the construction worker deaths in 2017.

Workplace accidents are undeniably terrible for the victims and their respective families. So, if you are a victim of a workplace accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Workplace accident lawyers are always present, and they will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


One injured in Pasadena refinery explosion

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 10:49 am    

One worker was injured in a refinery explosion that occurred just after 10 am on Saturday, March 5, at Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI). According to reports, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred while a compressor was starting up. Officials believe that during this process, some hydrogen was released which ignited diesel fuel that was in the unit.

The worker who was injured in the incident suffered a flash burn to the head and was taken to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena to receive treatment. While responders worked to put out the fire at the plant, a plume of smoke rose to great enough heights that the Houston Ship Channel had to be shut down temporarily.

This particular plant has a history of environmental violations.


SouthCross Energy plant explosion injures two

Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 11:30 am    

Two people were injured yesterday in an explosion that took place at a SouthCross Energy plant in Frio County. Deputies from the Frio County Sheriff’s Office immediately established a perimeter around the gas plant and evacuated nearby homeowners.

According to Sergeant Jerry Reyna, workers were able to extinguish the fire resulting from the explosion by shutting off a gas valve. Additionally, he reported that both of the individuals injured in the blast were employees at the plant and one was airlifted to San Antonio to receive treatment. His condition is currently unknown. A female worker was also injured and was taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.

SouthCross Energy is currently investigating the explosion and its causes.


Pasadena explosion kills one, injures three

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 10:41 am    

One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion that took place at a Pasadena chemical plant, near Houston, this past weekend. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant when a contractor’s equipment exploded while performing a “routine function.”

Two of the individuals who were injured in the explosion were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for exposure, while another received treatment for a broken arm. The individual who was killed in the explosion passed away at the plant itself.

Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena police, stated that approximately 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution were spilled as a result of the explosion, though the exact name of the chemical was not released.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.


Explosion at water-treatment plant near Midland kills one

Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 8:46 am    

One person was killed yesterday, January 4, when an explosion occurred at a water-treatment plant near Midland, Tex. According to authorities, Julian Gallardo was working inside the plant, mixing chemicals, when the initial explosion occurred. After the first explosion, residents living near Water Rescue Services reported that a series of smaller blasts took place.

By the time responders arrived at the scene, the entire plant was already engulfed in flames. According to Dale Little, Midland Fire Marshal, it took responders approximately one hour to extinguish the blaze. Little continued that it looked like a chemical reaction sparked the initial blast, but that the explosion would remain under investigation.

No other workers were injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, but the building and all of its contents were destroyed.


Humble industrial plant explosion injures four

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 6:46 pm    

Four people were injured this afternoon after an explosion occurred at an industrial plant near Humble, TX. According to authorities, the explosion happened near 1:00 pm at Moore Rod and Pipe when a machine used to melt plastic in order to make pipes developed a blockage.

When four workers attempted to fix the clog, pressure accumulated inside the machine, resulting in the explosion. As a result, hot plastic that could have been as hot as 550 degrees flew at the workers, causing severe burns in some victims.

While one worker was treated and released at the plant, two of those injured remain in critical condition and a fourth in good condition. Authorities reported that at least one of the injured plant workers was taken to the Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.


Orla gas plant explosion injures two

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 9:19 am    

A major explosion occurred at an Anadarko Petroleum gas plant in Orla, Tex. on Thursday morning. Despite the size and severity of the explosion, only two people were injured, and Chief Deputy Israel Campos of the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office reported that their injuries were non-life threatening.

There were numerous workers at Ramsey Natural Gas Processing Plant when the explosion occurred, and officials are unsure exactly what caused the blast at this time. Investigators will continue to look into the cause of this explosion.

Officials evacuated those living within a 10-mile radius of the plant after the explosion occurred as the fire was contained and the area was secured.

Update 12/8: Authorities report that the fire at the Ramsey Natural Gas Processing Plant is still burning, but that it should be close to being put out.

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