Beaumont Workers Burned in Refinery: Texas Workers Injured When Performing Maintenance at Exxon Refinery
It seems that every year an accident at a refinery on the Texas Gulf Coast leaves workers injured, burned, killed, or maimed. Without a doubt, these refineries, many build in the 1960s and 1970s have become synonymous with dangerous working conditions. The Texas City BP Refinery Blast in 2005 left fifteen dead and almost 200 injured. Many other incidents over the years have injured many other refinery workers.
Working in a refinery is inherently dangerous for many reasons. Working in a refinery involves exposure to poisonous gases, hot liquids, and explosive compounds. Further, it often involves working from heights and or around large heavy machinery. Finally, the combination of many of those factors together often lead to terrible tragedies.
Recently, a number of contract workers were injured at an Exxon-Mobil 344,500 barrel per day refinery in Beaumont, Texas, when the hydrotreater on which they were performing an overhaul started a flash fire. The hydrotreater uses hydrogen to remove pollutants from the crude oil used to make motor fuels. The flash fire broke out as workers were cutting into a heat exchanger on the hydrotreater.
In all, twelve of the contract workers were injured, with seven of them transported to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, where five were treated and released, and two were burned seriously enough to be transferred to the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston, where one was listed in critical condition.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken control of the site of the fire and investigators won’t release the unit to Exxon-Mobil until its investigation is complete.
Fires, falling objects, explosions, hot liquids, and the like can all lead to serious injuries and deaths to refinery workers. That is why it remains very important for refineries to focus on safety, train all employees, and stay at the forefront of safety. When companies fail to do that, it can have catastrophic results to workers and bystanders.
The Texas Explosion Lawyers at Hill Law Firm have handled cases involving workers, contractors, and bystanders injured at refineries. These cases are often complex and fact intensive against some of the largest companies in the world. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a refinery fire, refinery explosion, or other refinery accident, call the Texas Explosion Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.