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Explosion at Oiltanking Partners, L.P. Facility in Channelview, Texas Kills One and Injures Another

Posted: 06-02-12Category:

A malfunctioning welding machine at the Oiltanking Partners, L.P. Facility on Jacintoport Boulevard at Sheldon Road in Channelview, Texas caused an explosion that killed one worker and injured another. The accident is believed to have occurred around 8:00 a.m. this morning at an industrial plant facility operated by Oiltanking Partners, L.P. The June 2, 2012 explosion set off alarms and firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.  Because it involved the death of a worker, the blast will be investigated by OSHA, which will make a detailed report on the cause of the blast, noting the cause and any safety violations. Oiltanking Partners, L.P. will also likely perform its own root cause analysis investigation of the fatal explosion. Both the OSHA investigation and the Root Cause Analysis investigations into the cause of the industrial blast are likely to focus on what may be a defective welding machine.  If not properly designed, manufactured, marketed and maintained, welding machines can be extremely dangerous and can cause deaths or serious injuries including burn injuries. According to published reports, the worker who died and the worker injured were contractors of another company working on the premises of  Oiltanking Partners, L.P.  It is common for companies such as Oiltanking Partners, L.P. to hire contracting firms to come into their facilities to perform various types of maintenance and other work. The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. represents injured workers and the families of workers who have been killed in industrial accidents and explosions. Houston attorney Steve Ferrell, founder of The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. has over 26 years of experience handling death and burn injury cases, and he has a particular interest in deaths and  burn injuries caused by fires and explosions. Unfortunately, deaths and serious injuries can happen in industrial facilities when safety rules are not strictly enforced. Industrial Plant Explosion Lawyer Steve Ferrell has experience working with cases where accidents and fatalities happen in industrial plants.  R. Stephen "Steve" Ferrell is Double Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law and he has worked on numerous cases involving industrial plant accidents, including cases where workers have been killed, burned, and seriously injured working in industrial plants in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast. If you have suffered the death or injury of a loved one caused by an industrial plant accident or an explosion caused by a defective welding machine, or if you are looking for an Oiltanking Partners, L.P. explosion accident lawyer, call Houston Lawyer Steve Ferrell at The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. for professional legal assistance at (713) 800-0220. The initial consultation is always free, so call to get professional legal representation on your claim. Call now. [caption id="attachment_3356" align="alignnone" width="300"] Industrial Explosions and Fires[/caption]

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