Houston Ship Channel Petrochemical Incidents


Representing Workers Injured in Petrochemical Accidents on Ship Channels

The Houston Ship Channel is part of the Port of Houston, one of the most highly trafficked ports in the world. The Houston Ship Channel has been used to transport petroleum products since the 1800s. Ships travel its 50-mile length from Turning Basin in Houston to where it opens out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Shipping more tonnage than almost every other port in the U.S. (second only to Louisiana) is only part of the story. The petrochemical complexes that have grown up around the Houston Ship Channel are home to hundreds of oil and gas workers, many of whom are seriously injured every year in petrochemical incidents. If you've been injured in an accident, count on Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, the oldest plaintiffs personal injury law firm in Texas. Call 800-836-6130 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contact our office online for a free consultation with one of our experienced injury attorneys.

Refining: A Dangerous Business

Because the Houston Ship Channel is located near Texas oil fields, there are many refineries here, engaged in the business of converting crude oil to a refined fuel that can be marketed, sold and shipped out. These refineries also create petroleum products like chemicals and plastic.

The Port of Houston's petrochemical complex is among the largest, providing good jobs for many Houston area residents. But refining is a dangerous business — safety hazards include leaking flammable gas like propane and other toxic chemicals, as well as poorly maintained or nonexistent safety measures.

Explosions at petrochemical facilities along the Port of Houston, Port of Texas City and Port of Galveston are more common than one might think:

  • In 1989, multiple petrochemical explosions at the Phillips 66 Petroleum Co.'s facility killed more than 20 oil and gas workers and seriously injured more than 300.
  • In 1999, a pipe explosion in Phillips Petroleum Co.'s K-Resin plant killed two contractors and injured three other workers.
  • In 2000, the same Phillips plant experienced another explosion, killing one worker and injuring more than 70.
  • In 2005, an explosion at BP's Texas City refinery killed 15 workers and injured 170.

Our attorneys have represented clients in all four of these cases, and in other, less severe explosions and fires that have occurred near the ports over the years.

Contact the Injury Trial Lawyers of Abraham Watkins

Petrochemical accidents injure oil and gas workers every year. It can be a dangerous job, but many of these accidents can be prevented. If you were injured in a petrochemical fire or other incident on the Houston Ship Channel, call Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz at 800-836-6130 (toll free 800-580-9121) or e-mail our office for a free initial consultation.