Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 9:22 am by Williams Hart
PORT NECHES, TX — Officials are reporting that around 1AM on Wednesday, November 27th, an explosion rocked the TPC Group Plant, a chemical manufacturing plant located about 90 miles east of Houston. The explosion caused extensive damage throughout the city, and a resulting fire continues to burn at the site.
Three employees were injured and transported to the Medical Center and Memorial Hermann in Houston for treatment. Fortunately, no one was killed and all other personnel have been evacuated and accounted for. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We wish a speedy recovery to all who sustained injuries.
TPC Group has activated its Emergency Response Plan and the incident was immediately reported to the appropriate local, state, and federal authorities.
As of 7AM, safety responders are still working to control the fire.
While the cause of the explosion remains unknown, a full and thorough investigation is underway. Air monitoring is being conducted along the fence line of the facility and in surrounding neighborhoods.
A fire continues to burn and people are under a mandatory evacuation order after an explosion at a chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas. At least three workers were injured and police report extensive damage to the city. https://t.co/pCGBcO0oi6 pic.twitter.com/hvaElnzQNO
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 27, 2019
Local police are also going door-to-door in surrounding neighborhoods to check for injuries after a secondary explosion caused extensive damage to nearby homes. A mandatory evacuation was issued for homes and businesses within a half-mile of the facility, and a shelter-in-place was ordered for the entire city.
Several residents report feeling their windows shake, and some were able to capture images the moment the fiery blast occurred.
Port Neches plant blew up and messed up a most of our house. The blast of the explosion shattered all the windows too. We are safe. pic.twitter.com/JLm0D55SBp
— Omar (@omarkhamza) November 27, 2019
SO THANKFUL my nieces were not at their father’s home tonight. There’s been a large explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Port Neches, TX.
This is his home. Lots of houses damaged on the area. So far no fatalities reported. pic.twitter.com/ddxK2bc7Nj
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) November 27, 2019
WOW: Incredible video shared with us of the Port Neches plant explosion earlier this morning, not far from Beaumont. Eddie Ramirez writes: “My video cameras caught the moment impact. I hope and pray that everyone is ok.” Latest updates: https://t.co/XTy9gwimgB | #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/pF63DrTFZL
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) November 27, 2019
While the oil and natural gas industries in Texas provide workers with steady and well-paying employment, there is significant risk involved in the day-to-day working conditions of oil rigs, refineries, and chemical plants. The injuries sustained at sites like TPC Group can have devastating consequences for workers and their families. In addition to immediate physical and emotional suffering of these injuries, victims may further experience prolonged financial damages associated with the recovery process, such as medical expenses and lost wages.
You deserve the precautions and care needed to provide a safe workplace. If these precautions fail or are not properly set in place, workers get injured. Whether your injuries were caused by an equipment malfunction, a process error or any other type of event, you need to be taken care of. Williams Hart recognizes your dedicated service to your company and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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- Inclement weather
- Long shifts
- Heavy machinery
- Equipment failure
- Failure to follow safety protocols
- Negligent behavior
- Poor communication
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