Working offshore or on vessels usually means you have a relatively good income to take care of yourself or your family. Life doesn't stop after you've been injured. If your offshore income is what keeps your bills at bay and house afloat, its easy to want to place faith in your employer after you get injured on the job. The problem is that your employer wants you to trust them for the wrong reasons.
The Deer Park chemical facility that caught fire last week has a long history of state and federal environmental violations. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) has been fined for multiple infractions that could have been avoided. In 2008, ITC was fined when a relief valve failed causing 6,745 pounds of unauthorized butadiene to be released into the atmosphere due to the facility's failure to prevent an increase in pressure. The Commission said the event was "avoidable by better operational practices." Butadiene is a carcinogen to humans and is used to make plastics.
Just before 11 A.M. on March 17th, 2019 a chemical plant fire occurred at the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC, also known as "ITC", which is located near Highway 225 and Independence Parkway in Deer Park, Texas. The blaze continued to burn all day Sunday and has continued into Monday. Emergency crews have continuously worked around the clock to keep the fires contained. Unfortunately, additional tanks subsequently caught fire overnight. Nearby schools were closed for the day as a precaution.
Drilling for oil is an inherently dangerous job, with a fatality rate nearly five times that of all industries in the United States combined. As the oil and gas industry continues rising, the number of people employed increase-along with production pressures and the temptation to cut corners. In Texas, oil and gas firms employ over 2,400 more people than they did a year ago, putting more people in the path of explosive gases, dangerous machinery, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Piling, Inc. regarding a fatal incident that occurred on June 27, 2016. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the gross negligence of the company that resulted in the death of their loved one.
Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. and Associate Kelly Woods will be investigating a recent incident involving a worker who was killed in an industrial accident at Houston Tubulars, Inc. on 13600 Hatfield Road in Pearland, Texas. The site is just west of Mykawa Road and north of Broadway. According to a listing for the National Association of Steel Pipes Distributors, Houston Tubulars is a pipe reconditioning company.
In August 2008, Lisa Spearman was an employee of Royal Caribbean International. She was a marketing and revenue manager on the cruise line's Voyager of the Seas.
Son Nguyen, who was severely burned in an electrical explosion at Tesla's car factory is suing the automaker for allegedly putting him in harm's way.
On May 19, 2018, the release of ethylene from a pressure safety valve caused a flash fire at a La Porte plant, which sent 21 employees to the hospital. Despite the ongoing injuries to workers around the Gulf of Mexico, plant owners and local authorities seem unconcerned.
Benny Agosto, Jr. and Muhammad Aziz, both partners at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, & Aziz, are investigating the recent Kuraray Americas refinery explosion on behalf of multiple injured clients.