Oil refineries process crude oil and transform it into the petroleum products that run our modern world — but when accidents happen, workers often suffer the devastating or deadly consequences.
Need a Texas Oil Refinery Injury Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured in an oil refinery fire, explosion, or catastrophic accident, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: 7 People Burned in Phillips 66 Texas Refinery Tank Farm Fire
In January 2023, 7 people were burned in a fire and explosion at the Johnson Tank Farm, which is associated with the Phillips 66 Refinery near Borger, Texas. Four of the victims were transported to Lubbock, Texas, with critical injuries, according to local news.
ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery Explosion & Fire Injures 37 Workers
On July 31, 2019, a massive explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil Baytown refinery near Houston, Texas caused 37 workers to suffer burn injuries. Authorities reported that 66 people were sent for medical evaluation, but no one was hospitalized.
The source of the inferno is still under investigation, but the explosion occurred in a part of the facility that purifies propylene. The Baytown refinery also stored large amounts of hazardous chemicals such as propane, ammonia, and benzene.
Exxon Pays $600K Settlement for Deadly Oil Refinery Explosion
March 2019 — ExxonMobil Corp. will pay a $616,000 penalty for an oil refinery fire that occurred in Beaumont, Texas, in 2013, leaving 2 people dead and 10 other victims injured. The fire broke out when workers used a torch to remove bolts from a heat exchanger, which released flammable hydrocarbons. Click here to read more.
How Common Are Oil Refinery Fires in Texas?
For people who live in Texas, it is very common to hear about oil refinery fires and explosions. This is because dozens of oil refineries are located in Texas, including some of the largest in the world:
- Port Arthur Refinery (Saudi Aramco) — Port Arthur, Texas
- Galveston Bay Refinery (Marathon Petroleum) — Texas City, Texas
- Baytown Refinery (Exxon Mobil) — Baytown, Texas
- Beaumont Refinery (Exxon Mobil) — Beaumont, Texas
- Deer Park Refinery (Shell Oil Company) — Deer Park, Texas
- Corpus Christi Refineries (Citgo, Valero) — Corpus Christi, Texas
For example, in March 2019, a fire broke out at the Baytown Oil Refinery. The next day, there was another oil refinery fire at a nearby petrochemical facility in Deer Park, Texas.
Oil Refinery Accidents in Texas
One of the most deadly oil refinery accidents was in March 2005, when an explosion at BP’s Texas City Oil Refinery killed 15 people and injured another 180 victims. Another major accident occurred in November 2003, when 6 tanks exploded in a chain-reaction at an oil refinery in Midland, Texas.
What Causes Oil Refinery Injuries?
Through experience, our law firm has found that many oil refinery accidents are caused by:
- Faulty equipment or poor maintenance
- Lack of safety procedures
- Subcontractor negligence
- Inadequate training
- Faulty storage procedures for flammable chemicals
- Violations of federal and state worker safety laws
Oil Refinery Injury Lawsuits
When accidents happen, workers can suffer a wide range of potentially deadly injuries — fires, electrocutions, burns, slips and falls, toxic chemicals exposure, or being hit by falling objects. Our attorneys specialize in helping victims seek financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and more.
What About Workers’ Compensation?
If you were injured in an oil refinery explosion or another on-the-job accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation — but you may also be entitled to additional compensation if your injuries were caused by the negligence of your employer or another third party. Our lawyers can help you determine if you qualify to file a civil lawsuit or a personal injury claim.
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