Port Neches Chemical Plant Explosion
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After a major Texas Petroleum Chemical (TPC) plant exploded multiple times on November 27, 2019, over 60,000 residents in Port Neches were forced to evacuate their homes, offices, and schools. With smoke plumes visible from up to 30 miles away, the explosions put thousands of people’s lives and property at risk – especially the Texas Petroleum Chemical employees who were on-site at the time of these accidents.
With three workers hospitalized during the explosions, many others may have also suffered lasting injuries in the aftermath of this devastating incident. Without experienced counsel, it will be more difficult for workers to secure recovery from Texas Petroleum Chemical and those responsible for the explosions. As workplace accident lawyers based in Houston, our team at The Ammons Law Firm LLP is committed to helping anyone affected by the Port Neches chemical plant explosion, by seeking fair compensation for your losses.
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A History of Negligence at Texas Petroleum Chemical
The 2019 Port Neches chemical plant explosion did not come as a surprise to public safety advocates, who had long warned about sub-standard conditions and workplace safety violations at the TPC plant. Housing large amounts of dangerous asbestos, 1,3-Butadiene, and other chemicals, the plant had already been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “high-priority violator” of federal clean air laws between 2017 and 2019.
In addition to two years as an EPA high-priority violator, Texas Petroleum Chemical paid over $180,000 in fines over a five-year period, with additional EPA citations dating back to 2004. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also penalized the plant for a serious workplace safety violation on November 1st, 2016, citing poor work practices.
While no one was directly killed in the blast at the TPC chemical plant, public safety officials issued a voluntary evacuation for all Port Neches residents on December 5th, just a week after the explosions and the initial mandatory evacuation. Citing unhealthy air quality and heightened levels of 1,3-Butadiene – a chemical that can cause nervous system damage when inhaled – officials have urged citizens to seek medical care and shelter if they notice any symptoms.
Common Chemical Plant Explosion Injuries
It’s still unknown exactly how many people suffered injuries and long-term damage because of the TPC explosions. From property damage to chemical exposure, all Port Neches citizens have been put at risk because of negligence at their local chemical plant.
Here are a few of the top injuries associated with the TPC plant explosion:
- Asbestos exposure
- Fire and chemical burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Lacerations and cuts, from shattered glass
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Electrocution and shock injuries
How Can I Seek Compensation for My Losses?
Whether you’re a worker at the TPC plant or a local resident who has developed symptoms of chemical exposure, you could be entitled to pursue a claim against Texas Petroleum Chemical and the parties responsible for your losses. With over $1 billion recovered for accident victims in Texas, our attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm LLP can apply 100 years of combined experience to your case – and seek to bring TPC to justice for their lack of care.
It’s our goal to help those who have been the victims of terrible tragedies, by holding the right parties accountable for their pain and suffering. From filing for workers’ compensation to pursuing a lawsuit, our team will help you navigate the legal system and explore all possible avenues for recovery.
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