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Recent Plant Explosions in Texas
Plant and refinery explosions occur far too often in Texas. The following are three local plant explosions that have happened within the past few years.
ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery Fire
On December 23, 2021, a fire broke out at an Exxon Mobil Corp plant complex in Baytown, Texas, one of the biggest refining and petrochemical facilities in the United States. The explosion reportedly shook local buildings and led to the hospitalization of four contract workers.
Pasadena Chemical Plant Explosion
On March 22, 2023, a chemical plant in Pasadena experienced a dangerous explosion and subsequent fire during the transfer of liquefied gas from a tanker truck to a storage tank. The incident resulted in burn injuries to one individual, who was promptly transported to a local hospital.
Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery Fire
A fatal plant explosion and fire occurred May 15, 2023, at the Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas. One man lost his life due to injuries he sustained during the incident. Two other workers were rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston for reported burn injuries.
How Are Plant and Refinery Explosion Accidents Different from Typical Workplace Accidents?
Plant and refinery explosion accidents are distinct from typical workplace accidents primarily due to the severity of the injuries and damage they cause and the complexity of liability.
Explosions are tragic events that frequently cause catastrophic injuries like burns, traumatic brain injuries, and amputations. Moreover, the impact of these explosions often extends beyond the immediate workplace, potentially affecting nearby communities through property damage and the spread of hazardous materials.
Determining liability in plant and refinery explosions is more complicated than in standard workplace accidents. Numerous parties are usually involved, including equipment manufacturers, contractors, and property owners, any of whom could be at fault. Moreover, the industry is subject to stringent regulations by agencies like OSHA and the EPA, which adds another layer of complexity.