UPDATE – JULY 1, 2013 – The William Olefins plant is still closed pending further investigation. Many workers and employees for CB&I were hurt during the explosion and are retaining our law firm to purse their workers compensation claims and personal explosion injury claims against the plant owners. Many of these employees may have post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the explosion a few weeks ago. Our firm is equipped to help these injured workers for CBI, and help them get started in getting worker’s compensation benefits and pursue a claim against Williams’.
Unfortunately, it appears that there have been two confirmed deaths pertaining to the chemical explosion at the Olefins plant in Geismar. Zachary Green, 29, of Hammond as well as Scott Thrower, 49, of St. Amant were among the casualties of the explosion. Numerous other employees, over seventy-five of them were burned, injured, some severely, during the explosion at the plant this week. The explosion took place at approximately 8:30a.m. yesterday on June 13, 2013. Geismar is about twenty miles south of the Louisiana State Capital in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
Our firm is currently being retained by employees of the Geismar plant, and other employees who were working on a plant expansion through a company called CBMI. Currently, it is unknown exactly what caused the explosion, but some sources allude to possible negligence in the maintenance of the plant. Smoke continues to spread throughout the Geismar area reminding many people just how dangerous this situation actually is. Over six hundred people were in or near the plant when the explosion occurred, with some workers claiming that they were actually thrown 10-20 ft into the air at the point of explosion. Governor Bobby Jindal held a news conference yesterday at 2p.m. to discuss the incident
The company said that representatives met with family members of the employee who died, 29-year-old Zachary Green of Hammond. Green was an operator at the plant and began working there last October, the company said. “We are grieving for the loss of Zack who was part of our Williams community,” Alan Armstrong, Williams’ president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow. We also remain deeply concerned about Williams’ personnel and contractors who sustained injuries, some quite serious.”
Updated – 4:00p.m. 6/14/2013 - the chemical that caught fire, had
been discovered as leaking from a corroded pipe just six months ago. Sounds
like another B.P. Oil spill with way more hurt people.Negligence kills.
Our firm will keep our clients and you updated as this situation develops. It is imperative for any injured workers or people to understand their legal rights in this situation, and potentially join our firm in filing a class action petition for damages.
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