Kuraray American, Inc., Faces Lawsuit Following Pasadena Plant Explosion
May 25th, 2018
Pasadena Plant Explosion
On Saturday morning, a chemical plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas, resulted 21 injured workers. Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the plant after the explosion and the Pasadena Fire Department Marshal’s Office pinpointed the cause of the explosion to a pressure valve failure. The fire occurred at around 10:45 in the morning, when a pressure safety valve became over pressurized. This resulted in a massive explosion causing two of on-site workers to be airlifted to the hospital for serious burn injuries.
The fire occurred at Kuraray America, Inc.’s EVAL facility, where approximately 250 employees and contracted workers were present. They released a formal statement that afternoon saying all onsite individuals were accounted for and 6 personnel were being treated for non-life threatening injuries at local hospitals. Some of the injured workers had to jump from one scaffold to another, while others fell of the scaffolding all together.
Lawsuit Filed Against Kuraray American Eval, Inc.
Employees who have been injured from this plant explosion have sought legal representation to help with the medical expenses they’ve accrued. Plaintiff Eduardo Rodriguez, filed a lawsuit in Harris County suing Kuraray American Eval, Inc., and two others for gross negligence and failure to enforce safety rules, seeking punitive damages. According to the lawsuit, “Plaintiff demands more than $1 million from Defendants.”
About Kuraray American Eval, Inc.
According to the companies website, Kuraray is a world leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, including resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles. They are based in Japan and have 22 subsidiaries internationally, including the one in Houston, Texas.
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