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, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, the oldest plaintiffs personal injury law firm in Texas. Call (713) 222-7211 (toll free 713-222-7211) 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, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner at (713) 222-7211 (toll free 713-222-7211) or e-mail our office for a free initial consultation.

Free Consultation

We offer a free consultation to prospective clients. If you have been injured and wish to speak to one of our attorneys in a no-cost consultation, please call us at (713) 222-7211. or toll free at 713-222-7211

Real trial lawyers, real results

Our Record of Success



Drug Litigation



Plant Explosion



Automotive Defects



Automotive Product Liability



Chemical Plant Explosion



Car & Truck Accident

Our Awards

Best Law Firms - Badge 2024
Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2023.
Abraham Watkins Best Lawyers Award for 2022.
Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2021.
Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2020.
Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2019.
Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2018.
Abraham Watkins - Top 20 Personal Injury Award Badge
Top 20 Badge Texas 2023 - All Practice Areas -
Top 10 Wrongful Death US 2022.
Top 20 Motor Vehicle Accidents - 2022.
Top Verdict Top 50 Personal Injury
Top Verdict US 2022 Top 100
Number 1 settlement for wrongful death in Texas 2022.
Number 1 for Pedestrian Accident Settlements in TX for 2022.
Number 1 for Wrongful Death Settlements in TX for 2022.
Firm Award - Top 10 Motor Vehicle Settlements in Texas 2022
Best Premises Liability Lawyer Award.
Top 20 Best Lawyer Award for Abraham Watkins.
Top 100 Best Lawyer Award 2021 for Abraham Watkins.
2021 Top 10 Practicing Lawyers in Texas Award.
2021 Top 10 Personal Injury Verdict Award.
2018-top100-premises-liability settlements us abraham watkins.