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Texas Worker Burned In Plant Fire Files Lawsuit Against Company


An electrician who suffered burn injuries in a Texas chemical plant fire earlier this month has sued the company, claiming that he “suffered severe chemical burns to his face as a result of the defendant’s negligence.” On March 13, contract employee Toyo Gonzalez sued Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals and plant manager Scott Fosom for physical pain and suffering, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, medical expenses, mental anguish and lost earnings. If you have suffered injuries in a workplace accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. Our lawyers have years of experience protecting the legal rights of injured individuals statewide, and will work diligently to help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other injury-related damages.


The incident took place on March 4 as Gonzalez, an electrician working for Jacobs Engineering, was working on an Akzo Nobel actuator that “was corroded and in disrepair,” according to the complaint. At some point, Gonzalez reports, “the actuator broke and ejected a chemical” into his face. Immediately afterward, Gonzalez was assisted to a safety shower by a co-worker and then rushed to an on-site clinic where medical aids attempted to wash the chemical off his face. The worker was eventually transported to a local hospital and treated for facial burns. In his lawsuit, the worker accuses the defendants of failing to provide a “reasonably safe workplace,” and of not properly maintaining equipment at the plant.


Shortly after the fire that burned Gonzalez’s face, a spokesperson for the company said the blaze was caused by magnesium oxide that exploded and then caught fire. In February 2006, another fire occurred at the same plant, sparking a series of small explosions that injured two employees. The workers injured in that incident filed a negligence lawsuit against the company, claiming that they suffered “severe burns” when aluminum powder caught fire in a “tragic and wholly unnecessary disaster.” The case was moved from Harris County court to Houston federal court, and the parties reached a settlement in 2007.


It is the responsibility of employers and supervisors in Texas and throughout the country to maintain a safe work environment and to protect their workers from unnecessary harm caused by on-the-job accidents. If you have been injured in a work-related accident in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, consult our qualified lawyers at Bandas Law Firm as soon as possible. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our attorneys have experience pursuing financial compensation on behalf of individuals throughout the state who have been injured on the job. With our lawyers on your side, you can seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and protect yourself and your family from further harm.