Two workers were hurt when an oil tank exploded Tuesday at the Pelican Island Storage Terminal at 3801 GTI Boulevard in Galveston, local news reported. Crews were thought to have been welding near the oil tank at the storage terminal when the tank exploded.
The explosion forced Texas A&M University in Galveston, which is near the terminal, to issue a shelter-in-place order for those on campus. The Galveston Fire Department responded to the scene to fight to the fire, using foam cannons on the crude oil tank.
The Pelican Island Storage Facility has the capacity to hold 500,000 barrels of heavy fuel storage, carbon black oil, vacuum gas oil, and fuel oil cutterstock, according to Enjett LLC, which leases the terminal for oil blending operations. The tank that exploded Tuesday could hold 2 million gallons of heavy crude oil products.
Common Causes of Accidents Involving Oil Tanks
Unfortunately, in Texas, we see far too many accidents involving explosions at oil refineries and storage terminals. Often, workers are seriously injured or killed in these preventable accidents.
There are many factors that can lead to explosions and other accidents at oil refineries and storage facilities. Some common problems include:
- Failing to follow safety regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the facility itself
- Failing to properly maintain equipment at the facility
- Failing to conduct regular safety drills
- Improper storage of hazardous materials
After an explosion accident like the one at the Pelican Island Storage Terminal, it is crucial that an independent investigation is launched immediately to determine the cause, identify who is responsible, and prevent future catastrophes. Because these accidents can be so complicated, victims should always seek advice from an experienced refinery explosion lawyer.
Talk to a Texas Explosion Accident Lawyer
After a serious accident on the job, injured workers and families who have lost loved ones should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about their legal rights. Medical expenses, lost income, and future losses can create severe financial hardships for families. And victims often struggle to cope with ongoing pain and suffering that has a serious impact on their quality of life.
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we understand the dangers of working in the oil industry and the complex nature of workplace injury claims. Our experienced Houston work injury lawyers can help you demand the full and fair compensation you need to move forward with your life after a serious explosion accident. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney near you. We will answer your questions, explain your legal options, and help you make the best decisions for your family and your future.