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Nederland Oil Plant Fire Injures 7, Under Investigation

August 15, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

explosionFederal investigators are looking into a flash fire that injured seven workers at Sunoco Logistics’ Nederland terminal. According to reports, the workers were constructing a crude oil pipeline connection when a fire broke out, burning the men who were treated for burns at hospitals around the area.

Now, federal investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire to start. A spokesman for Sunoco Logistics said there was welding, a crude oil line, and fumes. Also at the site were officials from Houston-based L-Con Inc., whose safety practices are now being looked at by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

L-Con is a company that has been around for two decades, providing large industrial installations and energy customers construction management services. The fire began around 9:00 P.M. near the Neches River, on the east side of the terminal.

The construction site was closed, but operations did not stop.

OSHA was on scene, investigating whether or not safety practices had a role to play in the fire. On Saturday, there was still reports of a smoke odor in the air. There was also a roadside sign that said “A good day starts and ends with safety.”

This is a serious issue and if safety practices were to play, it could make the company liable for the damages sustained by the parties. The investigation will continue to determine if any kind of negligence was involved in the fire and what caused the incident to occur.