There was a chemical release at the Altivia complex in La Porte, Texas on December 4, 2023. Reports indicate chemical phosgene was release at the facility, resulting in a shelter-in-place being ordered for those near the plant. Eight workers who were exposed to the chemical were hospitalized following the incident. At this time it is believed the chemical leak was caused by a pressure release device which ruptured.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to the gas may result in irritation to the eyes, dry burning throat, vomiting, cough, foamy sputum, breathing difficulty, and chest pain.
There have been a number of incidents at industrial and manufacturing plants. There was a dust explosion at the Poet Ethanol Plant in Shell Rock, Iowa on November 24, 2023. There was an explosion at the Hoffinger Industries manufacturing plant in West Helena, Arkansas on November 28, 2023. There was a chemical explosion in Nashua, New Hampshire on November 30, 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 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.