Following the catastrophic explosion at a fertilizer distribution and storage plant in Texas last month, in which the building caught fire and then exploded as firefighters were attempting to douse the flames, several individuals have begun to file personal injury lawsuits. The total extent of damage done remains unknown, though it is estimated that at least 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed, at least 15 people were killed, and many more were injured or reported missing.
Of the two lawsuits recently filed, one was brought by insurance companies on behalf of various individuals and businesses accusing the plant’s parent company of negligent operation of the location, which allegedly led to the accident.
The second suit was filed by a woman who lived in a neighboring apartment, which was destroyed by the blast. She is seeking up to $1 million due to loss of her possessions, and the physical and emotional injuries she suffered as a result of the explosion.
Further lawsuits are expected against the above named and other defendants. For example, the manufacturers of the fertilizers that were being stored at the facility are other potential defendants.
The last inspection performed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reportedly occurred 28 years ago, and uncovered at least five “serious” violations. One of these violations dealt with the way in which anhydrous ammonia was allegedly improperly handled and stored. According to a report released by the plant in late 2012, it was then storing 110,000 pounds of the chemical,in addition to 540,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.
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