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At least four people were injured in an explosion at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Baytown, TX. The explosion occurred on Thursday, December 23. 

Officials stated that a fire started around 2 a.m. Three of the injured people were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital and the fourth injured person was taken by ambulance. The victims were in stable condition according to the ExxonMobil Refinery manager, Rohan Davis.

The Explosion

An explosion occurred at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Baytown and residents in the area reported a loud explosion. Emergency workers were able to extinguish the fire that same morning. 

The fire was said to have happened in a unit that produces gasoline. However, the cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known and an investigation is still ongoing. The explosion has shown no impact on the air quality for the nearby community.

The Baytown refinery is the fourth-largest U.S. refinery with a capacity of more than 500,000 barrels a day. According to chief oil analyst, Tom Kloza, the need for gasoline won’t be greatly affected in the next six weeks due to the low demand for gas this time of year. 

However, the lost output from the Baytown explosion is likely to have an effect on gas prices in the spring.

Common Injuries in the Oil and Gas Industry

In 2006, there were 125 fatalities in the oil and gas industry, making it one of the deadliest years on record. Although there was a high number of fatalities in 2006, at least 8,500 injuries were reported in 2011. 

Working in the oil and gas industry comes with many hazards. Workers are often surrounded by heavy machinery and explosive substances on the worksite. Common injuries that occur include:

  • Severe burns
  • Respiratory problems
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Hearing loss 
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Chronic pain
  • Catastrophic injuries

Those who work in the oil and gas industry are often aware of the risks involved. Unfortunately, their main focus is on getting the job done quickly and efficiently without much regard for their safety. 

Because of the hazards that surround them every day, safety rules and precautions must be followed to avoid any severe or fatal accidents. With the number of accidents rising in the industry, safety programs and work behavior should be re-evaluated by companies and their managers to protect their workers and nearby communities.

If you’ve been injured in an oil industry accident, reach out to your Houston personal injury attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.

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Source: CNN

 

About Christopher Johns

Christopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.

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