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Fire at the Intercontinental Terminals in Deer Park, Texas

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A fire at the Intercontinental Terminals broke out in Deer Park, TX roughly 15 miles southeast of Houston. Eight tanks have succumbed to overwhelming flames. Though two of the tanks were empty, six contained flammable components of gasoline and materials often used in glues, paint thinner, and nail polish. A drop in water pressure caused the fire to intensify and spread into additional tanks according to authorities. Intercontinental Terminals Fire in Deer Park No injuries have been reported and all employees have been accounted for. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. A giant plume of smoke was reported to be visible for miles- up to 35 miles southeast of the fire. It's estimated the plume rose between 3,000 to 4,000 feet up into the air.Need an Accident Attorney in Texas? Click here: Oil Rig & Refinery Accident Attorney in TexasA shelter-in-place was enacted due to the potential health hazards that could result from decreased air quality. The order was later lifted after tests to air-quality gave results showing no unsafe levels of chemicals. City officials warned the smoke from the blaze may cause eye irritation, respiratory issues, and skin irritation. Working with chemicals and crude compounds is a challenging field. Large machinery and equipment used at an oil rig or a refinery can prove to be dangerous or even life-threatening if they malfunction from neglect or misuse. All too often, workspaces are not well maintained, resulting in an increased risk of an injury. If you’ve worked at a refinery...

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Texas Oilfield Explosions

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Texas is one of the leading states in the United States in the oil and gas industry, providing thousands of job opportunities for people all across the state. However, the oil and gas boom in Texas, comes with the significant risk of injury while at work that may need the expertise of an oilfield lawyer in Texas like those at The Patel Firm PLLC, and injury law firm located in Corpus Christi, Texas. All oil and gas employers have the obligation to implement safety precautions, conduct effective training and properly supervise their workers in order to reduce the occurrence of oilfield explosions.  Being within the vicinity of an oil field is inherently dangerous; this is largely due to the high risk of natural gas and oil production accidents. Fires in this industry are always very serious due to the abundant supply of combustible materials around the site. Despite having less than 1 percent of the total workforce of all industries, an NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) analysis shows that 10% of all workplace fatalities from fires and explosions are caused by the activities of the oil and gas industry. Causes of oilfield explosions in Texas When oilfield explosions happen, it's usually serious, and the underlying causes must be investigated. Common causes of explosions in oilfields include electrical equipment short-circuiting. This causes a fire that can sometimes erupt into a full-blown explosion when it comes in contact with flammable gases and liquid. Pipelines failure can also result in explosions. This was what happened in...

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Dangers of the Texas oilfield

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According to a CDC report, the rate for fatalities during the US oil and gas boom between 2003 and 2013 when the workforce for the oil and gas extraction industry doubled in size significantly decreased by 36.3%. However, the number of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry increased by 27.6%, with a total of 1,189 deaths during that period. To describe fatal events among oil and gas workers during this period, CDC analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), a comprehensive database of fatal work injuries. The following are attributed to pose the highest danger:Transportation Incidents: More than 40 percent of fatalities during this period were caused by incidents relating to transportation. Between the years under consideration, 479 workers lost their lives as a result of transportation incidents. Incidents on land resulted in 86.2% of the transportation events that led to the loss of these lives. Contact with objects/equipment: Due to the use of heavy machinery in the industry, almost 26 percent of all fatalities recorded during this period were attributed to contact with objects/equipment. This accounts for the loss of 308 lives within this period. Fires or Explosions: 170 people died as a result of fires or explosions at work between 2003 and 2013. This accounts for 14.3 percent of all oil and gas work-related deaths during this period. Exposure to harmful substances or environments: Approximately 9 percent of the deaths were as a result of exposure to hazardous substances. This...

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Burns injuries from Texas oilfield explosions

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An oilfield explosion is a very serious accident that can result in a number of major injuries including burns. Burns can be grouped into electrical burns, chemical burns, and thermal burns — this occurs when one comes in contact with open flames, hot liquids, and other heat source. It is important to understand how to protect yourself from fire incident and at the same time comprehend the basic principles of first aid for burn victims. If you or a loved one have been injured after suffering burns in a Texas oilfield explosion, call the oilfield lawyers at The Patel Firm PLLC in Corpus Christi, Texas now. Some facts and statistics relating to explosions, fires, and burnsIn 2000, a life was lost in fire accidents every two hours, and one person was reported injured every 23 minutes. Every year, 1.1 million burn injuries leave victims in need of medical attention 10,000 burn victims die every year as a result of burn-related infections. Only 6 in 10 of every American have an escape plan in an incident of fire. Of those people, less than half have practiced the escape plan.Types of Burns First degree burns: It’s a burn that affects only the first layer of the skin. The most common signs you may notice at first are skin redness, pain, and swelling. An example of first degree burns is sunburn. Treatment for first degree burns: Place a wet compress over it until pain and swelling subside. You may do this for five to 15 minutes and then remove...

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Common Texas Oilfield Accidents

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Activities relating to oil and gas extraction pose a varying degree of risk as different types of materials and equipment are used. Knowing where the hazards lie and how to control them will go a long way to prevent accidents that can lead to injuries or even loss of lives. Common hazards associated with oil and gas activities are explained below. If you or a loved one are ever injured after suffering burns, chemical exposure or other catastrophic injuries in a Texas oilfield accident, call the oilfield accident lawyers in Corpus Christi, Texas at The Patel Firm PLLC. Explosions and Fires The presence of flammable vapors or gases and exposure during oilfield work means workers in the oil and gas industry are exposed to the risk of fires and explosion. Flammable liquid and gases, common raw materials in this industry are everywhere and can be ignited by a number of heat sources including static, cigarette butts, electrical currents, and flames. These explosions can cause  chemical burns, first, second, and third degree burns, even death. High-Pressure Lines and Equipment Oilfield employees also face the risk of hazards associated with compressed gases or high-pressure lines. Degradation of the lines can cause leaks or line burst. Ergonomic Hazards Workers face the risk of injuries resulting from lifting heavy loads, bending awkwardly, reaching overhead, forceful exertion, working in awkward body postures, and repetitive motion. The risk of sustaining ergonomics-related injuries can be reduced or even eliminated by using the right equipment, ensuring workers are well trained, providing conducive workplace and...

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