EVAL Industrial Plant Explosion (Pasadena)
Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Representing Injured EVAL Plant Workers
As many workers are left reeling from a major explosion at the Kuraray America EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas on Saturday morning, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law is representing workers injured in the blast.
At least 21 people were injured in the explosion at the industrial plant. Federal investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are looking into the factors that led to the incident.
Early reports indicate that product was being reintroduced into a line when a safety valve blew, which led to the massive explosion. Though further investigation will reveal more insights about the causes of the flash fire, it is clear that Kuraray failed to provide a safe work environment for the workers in the plant.
The EVAL plant, which has been in operation for more than three decades, can produce 47,000 tons of ethylene vinyl alcohol every year, making it the largest producer of the chemical in the world. Kuraray has been expanding the operation to increase production, and the project was expected to complete later this year.
Early reports suggest that the release of ethylene, a flammable gas, contributed to the flash fire. Around 270 workers were in the area at the time of the explosion. Unfortunately, many of the workers will now face the consequences of Kuraray’s failure to prevent the explosion.
Explosions Lead to Unique, Debilitating Injuries
Explosions like the one at the EVAL plant cause unique injuries that can affect multiple parts and vital functions of the body. The force of an explosion can impact a victim’s brain, lungs, ears, eyes, and abdomen, among other body parts. The damage to auditory, visual, respiratory, digestive, and circulatory bodily functions is often severe.
Exposure to flames, chemicals, and excessive heat also cause debilitating injuries that require extensive and costly treatment. Burn-related injuries can lead to disfigurement and damage to deep tissues and organs. In some cases, these injuries have serious effects that persist throughout the rest of a victim’s lifetime.
That’s because few healthcare professionals in the United States have experience dealing with the complexities surrounding these injuries. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are investigating the causes of the EVAL plant explosion to shed more light on how Kuraray failed to protect our clients. There are several guidelines and protocols that would have prevented such an incident, and Kuraray should be held accountable for their failure to provide a safe workplace.
Our firm has a long track record of holding companies accountable for their role in worker injuries . If you have questions about our handling of these cases or want to learn more about our services, we encourage you to reach out to our firm today via our online contact form or by calling toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.