Houston, TX (April 08, 2021) - A chemical fire raged for several hours on Wednesday, April 7th at an industrial building in the 1000 block of Lakeside Drive in Channelview.
K-Solv, the company that owns the facility, and who, according to their website is a “leading provider of chemical distribution and maritime services, as well as renewable fuels," tweeted that all workers were accounted for and unharmed.
According to a report from the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, no injuries were reported. Later, however, officials reported that one employee did seek medical treatment for mild respiratory irritation.
The shelter-in-place order was issued for Lakeview Homes and Lakeside Park Estates at about 4:00 p.m.
Sources from inside the fire marshal's office reported that chemicals known to be on-site include acetone, hydrochloric acid, ethylene dichloride, ethanol, and other acids. The Pollution Control Services Department Air is monitoring the air. So far, no actionable chemical levels have been reported.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated they are collecting data and sending an emergency response coordinator to evaluate the situation.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Chemical-Based Injuries in Houston
Due to Texas’ heavy reliance on the chemical distribution industry, chemical plants are ubiquitous features across the state. Although the industry is a much-needed well-spring of high-paying jobs for several thousand residents, it also subjects them to extremely hazardous working conditions on a daily basis. When these virulent working conditions are combined with workplace negligence, the consequences can be disastrous on both big and small scales.
Some frequent causes of injuries at Texas chemical plants include:
Improperly maintained boilers
Smoking in unauthorized places
Unnoticed or unrepaired corrosion
Supervisors failing to make sure that workers comply with federal safety laws
Improperly trained workers
Insufficient maintenance on machines
Improper labeling of chemicals
Every one of these conditions is completely avoidable when negligence does not play a role. Anytime workers are placed in unnecessary danger because of another person’s negligence, the supervisor, contractor, or company itself needs to be brought to account.
Quite often, victims are forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the medical treatment they need for their injuries. For this reason, it is imperative that victims who are injured in accidents caused by the negligent actions of others reach out to a workplace accident attorney in Houston as soon as possible.
When victims are injured in accidents, through no fault of their own, they may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the cost of medical care and to offset the lost wages that they endure. Quite often, victims find it extremely beneficial to work with a reputable legal team after being injured in an accident.
At Farah Law, we strive to help injured victims maximize their recoveries. Our attorneys meet with potential clients to discuss the circumstances surrounding their accidents to determine the best course of legal action. By reviewing the details of your accident, our personal injury attorneys in Texas can help you fight aggressively to get the maximum amount of and the justice you deserve.
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, contact our personal injury attorneys in Houston at (888) 481-9359 to see how we can help you. Schedule a free case review with our team to determine what legal options are available to help you move forward and recover.
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