Pasadena, Texas—Over the weekend, there was a large explosion at a facility owned by Kuraray America.  Kuraray is a Japan-based chemical manufacturer, with the headquarters for its U.S. subsidiary in Houston.

Cause of the Kuraray Explosion

The cause of the explosion is believed to be the result of a valve that malfunctioned due to over-pressurization of the piping in the building.  Specifically, ethylene escaping from a safety valve combusted and, because of the explosion, twenty-two people were injured.  Of the twenty-two workers inside the plant were injured, some suffered burns and others suffered from back and knee injuries while fleeing from the explosion, and two souls had to be airlifted for emergency medical treatment.

General Causes for Chemical Plant Explosions

Here, the cause for the explosion is known—a defective valve.  However, chemical plant explosions can be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Natural disasters
  • Improper maintenance
  • Infrequent maintenance
  • Insufficient training of workers
  • Human error
  • Improper equipment
  • Defective equipment
  • Improper storage of chemicals
  • Improper transportation of chemicals
  • Failing to follow safe work practices

Chemical Plant Dangers

A plant can pose dangers for workers, their families, and nearby communities, including explosions, fires, and chemical releases.  Our chemical plant attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP are relentless in pursing claims for their clients.  Our attorneys come armed with the knowledge and experience to get you what you deserve.

Call the Attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP

If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a chemical plant explosion, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP.  Feel free to stop by our offices for a face-to-face free and confidential consultation—we are located at 3701 Kirby Dr., Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77098.  Otherwise, call us toll-free at 1-800-489-2216 or through our website.