Two workers were injured and flown to a burn unit after sustaining injuries in a fire at Chevron Phillips chemical plant in Port Arthur. The accident took place at around 8pm on July 7. Authorities described this as a localized blaze that was cleared at 10:30 when the Port Arthur fire department declared the air safe for breathing. The incident is currently being investigated by a team from Chevron Phillips' other locations and could take a few months to arrive at a cause.
Chevron Phillips' fire unit was able to handle the blaze without intervention by the Port Arthur fire department. Chevron Phillips was required to submit a chemical emission report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Equality within 24 hours as well as an injury report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within 8 hours.
There was another fire in April of last year at Chevron Phillips' Port Arthur location. In this incident, eight contracted workers were hospitalized with burn injuries.
The plant manager apologized for the incident, describing it as regretful. Her thoughts and prayers go out to those involved.
Plant and industrial accidents, especially at plants that manufacture and handle hazardous chemicals, are extremely high-risk work environments. These chemicals are highly flammable and can cause huge fires and explosions when exposed to heat or handled improperly. This Chevron plant manufactures plastics and uses the toxic chemical ethylene.
On behalf of The Daspit Law Firm, we wish the two injured workers a speedy and full recovery. If you or someone you know was injured in this type of accident, contact a Port Arthur injury lawyer at our firm. We provide free and confidential case evaluations when you call (409) 292-9474.