One injured in Pasadena refinery explosion

One worker was injured in a refinery explosion that occurred just after 10 am on Saturday, March 5, at Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI). According to reports, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred while a compressor was starting up. Officials believe that during this process, some hydrogen was released which ignited diesel fuel that was in the unit.

The worker who was injured in the incident suffered a flash burn to the head and was taken to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena to receive treatment. While responders worked to put out the fire at the plant, a plume of smoke rose to great enough heights that the Houston Ship Channel had to be shut down temporarily.

This particular plant has a history of environmental violations.


SouthCross Energy plant explosion injures two

Two people were injured yesterday in an explosion that took place at a SouthCross Energy plant in Frio County. Deputies from the Frio County Sheriff’s Office immediately established a perimeter around the gas plant and evacuated nearby homeowners.

According to Sergeant Jerry Reyna, workers were able to extinguish the fire resulting from the explosion by shutting off a gas valve. Additionally, he reported that both of the individuals injured in the blast were employees at the plant and one was airlifted to San Antonio to receive treatment. His condition is currently unknown. A female worker was also injured and was taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.

SouthCross Energy is currently investigating the explosion and its causes.


Pasadena explosion kills one, injures three

One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion that took place at a Pasadena chemical plant, near Houston, this past weekend. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant when a contractor’s equipment exploded while performing a “routine function.”

Two of the individuals who were injured in the explosion were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for exposure, while another received treatment for a broken arm. The individual who was killed in the explosion passed away at the plant itself.

Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena police, stated that approximately 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution were spilled as a result of the explosion, though the exact name of the chemical was not released.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.


Explosion at water-treatment plant near Midland kills one

One person was killed yesterday, January 4, when an explosion occurred at a water-treatment plant near Midland, Tex. According to authorities, Julian Gallardo was working inside the plant, mixing chemicals, when the initial explosion occurred. After the first explosion, residents living near Water Rescue Services reported that a series of smaller blasts took place.

By the time responders arrived at the scene, the entire plant was already engulfed in flames. According to Dale Little, Midland Fire Marshal, it took responders approximately one hour to extinguish the blaze. Little continued that it looked like a chemical reaction sparked the initial blast, but that the explosion would remain under investigation.

No other workers were injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, but the building and all of its contents were destroyed.


Humble industrial plant explosion injures four

Four people were injured this afternoon after an explosion occurred at an industrial plant near Humble, TX. According to authorities, the explosion happened near 1:00 pm at Moore Rod and Pipe when a machine used to melt plastic in order to make pipes developed a blockage.

When four workers attempted to fix the clog, pressure accumulated inside the machine, resulting in the explosion. As a result, hot plastic that could have been as hot as 550 degrees flew at the workers, causing severe burns in some victims.

While one worker was treated and released at the plant, two of those injured remain in critical condition and a fourth in good condition. Authorities reported that at least one of the injured plant workers was taken to the Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.


Orla gas plant explosion injures two

A major explosion occurred at an Anadarko Petroleum gas plant in Orla, Tex. on Thursday morning. Despite the size and severity of the explosion, only two people were injured, and Chief Deputy Israel Campos of the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office reported that their injuries were non-life threatening.

There were numerous workers at Ramsey Natural Gas Processing Plant when the explosion occurred, and officials are unsure exactly what caused the blast at this time. Investigators will continue to look into the cause of this explosion.

Officials evacuated those living within a 10-mile radius of the plant after the explosion occurred as the fire was contained and the area was secured.

Update 12/8: Authorities report that the fire at the Ramsey Natural Gas Processing Plant is still burning, but that it should be close to being put out.


Explosion at Williams Partners’ facility in LA kills 3, injures 4

Three people were killed and four others injured on Thursday when an explosion took place at a Williams Partners’ facility in Gibson, Louisiana, approximately 70 miles outside of New Orleans. Although the plant was not fully operational at the time of the explosion, there were several people performing maintenance work on the plant when the explosion took place.

The blast caused a subsequent fire at the plant that burned until 6 pm on Thursday. Of the four individuals injured in the blast, two remain in critical condition. Authorities have yet to determine exactly what caused this explosion and subsequent fire, but will continue to investigate the incident.


Pasadena chemical plant opens less than a week after explosion

A Pasadena chemical plant is raising concerns after announcing it will resume operations less than a week after an explosion that left four workers with serious burns.  The explosion occurred after silane gas was released from a cracked line workers were operating on.  The explosion left one employee so severely burned that he is expected to have to undergo long-term care and treatment. This is not the first time that the company has had safety issues, with a history of leaks and separate 2008 incidents that sent 15 individuals to the hospital.

Many experts are saying that investigating such an incident, as well as exploring why the company has had repeat accidents, should take far longer than a week. Although the company reports that the incident was an isolated event, many are concerned that they have not discovered the root cause of the repeated accidents in such a short period of time.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still investigating the explosion, but has no authority to shut company operations down.  The chemical plant has not fully elaborated on what safety measures they are putting in place to prevent a future accident.


Explosion at Pasadena Chemical Plant Injures Four

An explosion on Friday at a Pasadena, TX chemical plant resulted in injuries to four workers, including one 42-year-old man who was sent via life flight to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for severe chemical burns to his chest and face.

According to authorities, the plant, which was located on the Houston ship channel, manufactures a variety of different chemicals and is owned by Albemarle Corporation. The site is operational seven days a week, and employs 300 workers on site. Authorities reported that there was no risk of chemicals harming those in the nearby community, and as of Friday afternoon, a fire that resulted from the explosion had been put out.

Investigators are still looking into the incident to determine what caused the explosion in the first place. Our team here at Williams Kherkher will continue to monitor this situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.


Bainbridge Fertilizer Plant Explosion, One Dead

Liquid Transfer Terminals in Bainbridge, Georgia was the site of an explosion on Wednesday morning, August 19, resulting in a fire and massive amounts of black smoke pouring from the plant. Roads around the area were closed until as late as 5 p.m. due to the potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Neighborhoods close to the plant were evacuated and schools in the area were on lockdown to protect children from exposure.

The explosion reportedly killed one man while he was welding at the top of the plant. The explosion is suspected to have been initiated due to a spark from this welding. Another worker was on his way to relieve the welder from his position when the explosion occurred. The second worker is reportedly uninjured.

The fire was extinguished by 2:30 p.m. on the same day, however, officials kept a diligent watch on the area as smoke continued to flow from the plant as chemicals burned down.


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