On January 26, 2022, an explosion rocked the Westlake Chemical south plant as well as the surrounding community of Sulphur, Louisiana. A large plume of thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the facility after an ethylene dichloride tank exploded at around 10:45 AM. Ethylene dichloride is a chemical used in fuel, plastics, and cleaning supplies and can be toxic to the nervous system, liver, and kidneys as well as breathing problems.
A company spokesman indicated that six (6) workers were injured in the explosion with one (1) treated on-site while the other five (5) were transported to area hospitals. The company spokesman also stated that chemical fumes in the storage tank ignited, causing the explosion. Residents in the area surrounding the plant described how the explosion shook their homes, while children in the neighboring schools were forced to shelter in place for approximately one (1) hour before the shelter in place order was lifted.
An explosion also shook the Westlake Chemical plant, specifically the Petro 2 Ethylene Unit, less than five (5) months ago. Several workers were seriously injured in that explosion, with injuries ranging from severe burns to amputations. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner represents several individuals who were hurt as a result of that September 2021 explosion and are spearheading the litigation against Westlake Chemical. Our team of experienced trial lawyers handle catastrophic plant explosion cases throughout the United States, including cases from Texas and Louisiana, and are ready and willing to help.
The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner is the longest-standing personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for their clients. Call us today at 713-222-7211 or visit our website for your free in-person or virtual consultation.