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Explosion Archives

Southeast Texas Man Sues for $10 Million After Oil Rig Explosion

A Southeast Texas man, Brandon Fregia, is suing Jeffcoat Production and SETX Oilfield Services after suffering second and third-degree burns across the entire upper half of his body in an oil rig explosion. The explosion occurred in Jasper County, Texas, on County Road 607 between Kirbyville and Buna on August 9, 2019.

Lawsuit Filed Over Building Explosion Caused by Propane Leak

Five injured firefighters, a severely injured maintenance worker, and the family of a firefighter who was killed by an explosion at a newly constructed headquarters for LEAP Inc., a nonprofit organization for people with cognitive disabilities, filed suit recently against C.N. Brown oil company and Techno Metal Post. Prior to the explosion, the maintenance worker smelled gas and warned other employees to evacuate. The building tragically exploded just after firefighters arrived and began to investigate the source of the leak.

Vital Leak Checks: Propane Tanks And Piping Systems

AdobeStock_305293269.jpegGetting a propane tank filled is a regular occurrence for schools, businesses and homes that rely on gas as an energy source. Although you might not consider a tank to be dangerous, leak checks are a necessity to ensure the integrity of both the tank and the entire gas system operating downstream from the tank.

What is ammonium nitrate?

Nearly one month after the fatal explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, the demand for greater protections for chemical plant workers continues. On August 17, 2020, members of the House Committee on Education and Labor wrote the Secretary of Labor, directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make changes to outdated ammonium nitrate standards. Following the West Fertilizer explosion in 2013, former President Barack Obama ordered OSHA to update chemical plant safety standards, including, in large part, the standards for ammonium nitrate. However, years later, no progress has been made.

Massive Refinery Fire in Corpus Christi

As of 8:30 A.M. this morning, fire fighters in Corpus Christi are battling to put out a fire near Navigation and Lantana Roads, near the Port of Corpus Christi. According to authorities, six people have been transported to the hospital for medical treatment. Some of the burn victims were transported to Brooks Army Medical Center's burn unit.

OSHA Fines TPC Group Over $500,000 for November 2019 Explosion in Port Neches, Texas

On November 27, 2019, an explosion rocked the TPC Group, LLC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas. OSHA opened an investigation after a butadiene finishing tower caught fire and exploded due to vapor that had formed at the base of the tower. This explosion caused several other explosions and fires, resulting in injuries and damages to TPC Group workers, nearby residents, and businesses. Jefferson County Judge, Jeff Branick, issued orders for the surrounding area due to the severity of the explosion and the carcinogenic nature and combustibility of the leaking chemical, butadiene. Benny Agosto, Jr., firm partner of Abraham Watkins, is currently representing injured workers and victims affected by the violent blast.

84-Year-Old Dies in Natural Gas Explosion

On July 3, 2019, Juanita Edwards, then 84-years-old, went outside to get her newspaper. After she went back inside her home, it exploded. Natural gas that had been seeping out of a defective line and into the ground beneath her home had found an ignition source. According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed against New Mexico Gas Co., "Decedent's home erupted in an explosion while she was inside."

Arkema and Its Executives to Go on Trial for Releasing Pollutants During Hurricane Harvey

After more than two years since the devastating category 4 hurricane, Arkema and three of its executives are set to go to trial this week in Harris County. Charged with reckless emission of air contaminants and assault on a public servant, Arkema and its CEO Richard Rowe, former Crosby plant manager Leslie Comardelle, and former VP of logistics Michael Keough face the possibility of potential prison time.

State of Texas Sues TPC Group for Violations Related to November Explosion at Port Neches Plant

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued TPC Group on Friday, February 21, 2020, in response to the November 27, 2019 explosions at TPC's plant in Port Neches. The largest explosion launched a tower into the air with balls of fire and other chemicals and pollutants, with a series of smaller explosions throughout that day. According to officials at the time, the fire was burning a chemical called butadiene, a colorless gas that is considered a health hazard, and other chemicals that are used in synthetic rubber, fuels, lubricant additives, and plastics.

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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