San Antonio Industrial Accident Attorney
Each year, hundreds of workers are hurt and killed due to accidents in the oil field, at refineries, factories and plants. Several state and federal agencies are responsible for overseeing the operations at these facilities to ensure workplace safety. Unfortunately, the oversight efforts of our regulatory agencies simply are not enough to prevent accidents. When a company chooses to put profits over safety, that company not only places the lives of its workers in peril, but also endangers the general public at large. Injury accidents can be complex – our San Antonio Industrial Accident lawyers can help your case to assure compensation for damages or injuries you might have received on-the-job.
Below are a few examples of the dangers of industrial accidents and their effect on workers and innocent bystanders.
- SS Grandcamp Explosion – Texas City, Texas (1947) In 1947, the SS Grandcamp, while docked in the Port of Texas City, Texas, detonated and exploded, killing at least 581 people. The ship was carrying approximately 2,300 tons of fertilizer (ammonium nitrate). The detonation and explosion was so powerful, it created a 15-foot wave that was detected more than 100 miles off the Texas shoreline. Even more amazing, the shock wave was felt more than 100 miles away in Louisiana. Unfortunately, another vessel was moored nearby, likewise carrying the same explosive cargo – ammonium nitrate. The second vessel, the High Flyer, exploded, destroying another nearby vessel, the SS Wilson B. Keene. Additional lives were lost in the subsequent explosions. One of the propellers from the High Flyer was found more than a mile away.To date, this event is recorded as the deadliest industrial accident in the history of the United States. As a result of this disaster, civic leaders in Galveston County launched extraordinary efforts to bring a world class burn unit to the greater Galveston area due to the fact that many of those burned and injured in the SS Grandcamp explosion could not receive proper medical treatment for their burns. As a result of those efforts, Galveston is now home to UTMB- Galveston – a hospital which houses one of the most renowned burn units in the world.
- BP Explosion and Fire – Texas City, Texas (2005) On March 23, 2005, Texas City faced another deadly explosion when an isomerization process unit owned by British Petroleum exploded and erupted into flames. Stray hydrocarbon vapors came into contact with an ignition source (most likely an automobile engine from a nearby, idling pick up truck). The explosion and ensuing fire killed 15 workers, injured more than 170, and destroyed property more than a mile away.At the time of the blast, the alarms for the unit had been disabled and no one knew what was about to transpire. Moreover, the plant, which was built in 1934, had not been well maintained and had a history of violations and citations from state and federal agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The industrial accident Lawyer at Hill Law Firm represented more than 100 victims of this explosion who suffered injuries and property loss.
Contact Our Experienced San Antonio Industrial Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know have been injured in an industrial accident, our San Antonio personal injury lawyer can help. Attorney, Justin Hill, has the experience to successfully litigate complex cases involving explosions, fires, burns, etc. For questions or to schedule a free case evaluation, call our San Antonio office today. Preservation of evidence in these claims is crucial, so do not delay.