an explosion at PeroxyChem, a Pasadena chemical plant that produces hydrogen peroxide and other products,
resulted in the death of a contractor and has left three other workers
with serious injuries. This accident is just the latest in a string of
plant explosions in the greater Houston area over the past 14 months. In fact,
it is at least the tenth industrial disaster to occur since the deadly chemical leak at the La Porte DuPont plant that
killed four workers in late 2014.
According to the Pasadena Fire Marshal’s Office, the cause of the
accident was an over-pressurized tank, which was holding a flammable oil-based
cleaning solution. The workers were in the middle of a routine function
when the tank ignited. Three workers were rushed to local hospitals with
chemical exposure injuries and a bone fracture injury. The contractor
was killed at the scene.
PeroxyChem’s main product is hydrogen peroxide, which in low concentrations
is a safe and common household item. However, in high concentrations,
the chemical is highly toxic, causing serious burns and having the potential
to explode when heated.
Houston has long been one of the world’s largest manufacturing hubs
for chemicals and petrochemicals, and unfortunately, it is never a question of
whether an accident will occur: it is
where. Although Peroxychem had a fairly clean record and has placed a significant
focus on safety, the nature of the industry is that accidents can happen
at any time.
This accident is still under investigation, and further updates will be
made available via local news outlets as more details unfold.
If you or someone you know have been hurt in an industrial or other workplace
accident, please call a Houston catastrophic injury lawyer at Fibich,
Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson.
initial consultation when you call our office at (713) 489-6566.