Port Arthur Refinery Accident Claims Life of Worker

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A horrific accident killed a worker at a refinery in Port Arthur. The man was operating a bulldozer which fell into a pit filled with 200 degree byproduct wastewater. The accident happened at the Total facility in Port Arthur. The man was a contract worker with Kinder Morgan. 

One of the victim’s co-workers used his machine to pull the bulldozer out of the water, but the worker inside the bulldozer was already dead. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death. It’s reported that the victim was most likely pushing petroleum coke into the pit. Petroleum coke is a byproduct of crude refining and is like fine graphite. The bulldozer overtopped the levee.

Tragic accidents like this one are not uncommon in certain industries. Although there are federal and state safety regulations in place, sometimes they are either ignored or they fail to prevent serious accidents. When an accident in the workplace occurs and causes a worker’s death, the family of the person killed is legally able to seek compensation. The compensation may come from workers’ compensation death benefits or from a lawsuit against the company or another responsible party.

If your loved one has been injured or killed in a workplace accident, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm on our Twitter page. Call us today to schedule your free consultation. 
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