Kentucky Coal Plant Buries Worker in Coal Ash

by | Dec 28, 2023 | Industrial Accident, Personal Injury

In an unfortunate incident at the D.B. Wilson Generating Station in Centertown, Kentucky, a silo leak resulted in a worker being trapped under a pile of coal ash. The accident, which occurred on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, also led to the hospitalization of two additional workers who attempted to assist their colleague.

According to Ohio County Sheriff Adam Wright, the situation unfolded when a valve inside the silo became stuck open. Three workers were dispatched to address the issue. During the repair process, one of the workers became engulfed by a sudden discharge of coal ash. In a courageous attempt to aid their trapped coworker, the other two workers also found themselves in jeopardy.

The incident at the D.B. Wilson Generating Station highlights the potential risks associated with industrial operations, particularly in the energy sector. It underscores the importance of stringent safety protocols and rapid emergency response mechanisms to safeguard the health and well-being of workers. Further investigations into the cause of the valve malfunction and subsequent leak are expected to provide insights into preventing similar occurrences in the future.

There have been a number of incidents at industrial and manufacturing plants.  There was a chemical explosion in Nashua, New Hampshire on November 30, 2023.  There was a chemical release at the Altivia complex in La Porte, Texas on December 4, 2023.  There was a fire at Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas on December 13, 2023.  There was an explosion at the Trelleborg Fabrics Production Plant in Rutherfordton, North Carolina on December 15, 2023.  There was a deadly industrial accident in Bromley, Kentucky on December 14, 2023.

Refineries and industrial facilities can pose significant dangers both to workers and to the general public.  When dangerous work is involved, extra precautions must be taken, especially when fires and explosions can occur.  Equipment must be properly inspected and maintained to ensure that accidents do not occur and that hardworking Americans are not hurt.

Those touched by an industrial accident should know their legal rights and remedies, and act quickly to preserve them. Our attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving industrial and plant personal injury and wrongful death, including those caused by equipment malfunctioning.  The firm has experience in courts across the country and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or as a result of an explosion, or been seriously injured.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident at a plant or refinery.  Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.