On October 8th at around 11 am, Terrebonne Parish was rocked by an explosion that ripped through a natural gas facility. The explosion injured two workers and killed three others. Local emergency responders ordered a voluntary evacuation and told residents who didn’t evacuate to stay in their homes.
What Caused the Natural Gas Explosion?
Nobody quite knows what caused the explosion, but a tank that collects hydrocarbon build up from the gas pipelines is suspected to be the source of the blast. Luckily, the plant was not running, so no gas was in the pipes when the explosion went off. If the facility had been running, there could have been many more injuries and deaths.
“Our thoughts and prayers at this moment are with the impacted families and those people that are injured,” said Warren Toups, the Williams Operations Manager. “We are deeply saddened by reports of serious injuries to personnel working at the scene.”
Has This Happened Before at Williams Partners Facilities?
Back in 2013, Williams Partners owned a plant in Ascension Parish where an explosion killed one worker and injured 73 others. OSHA charged the natural gas producer with various safety violations, and they were fined $36,000. This leaves many wondering if the explosion in Gibson is the result of negligence on the part of the gas company, but this incident is still under investigation.
Pipeline accidents can happen more frequently than we would like to believe, and sometimes gas companies try to shirk the blame for these tragedies. This is why it is important to have proper legal representation after being injured on the job. The lawyers at Galloway Jefcoat have experience working in the oil fields and helping workers who have been the victims of employer negligence. To learn more, contact us or keep following our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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