A Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit, on behalf of Samuel Salache, against Marathon Petroleum Company, Ray Brooks and Innovative Ventilation Systems Inc.
On Jan. 11, Salache was working as a foreman at the Marathon Refinery in Texas City, Texas, when a fire occurred. A spark ignited fumes causing an intense fire. According to a press release, Salache ensured that his entire crew escaped the fire. However, he suffered severe smoke inhalation and other potential injuries.
Salache is suing the defendants on the grounds of negligence in terms of the following:
- Failing to provide plaintiff with a safe place to work, and requiring plaintiff to work in unsafe conditions
- Failing to provide sufficient personnel to perform operations
- Failing to properly follow protocols and policies, proper safety monitoring and control practices
- Failing to exercise due care and caution
- Failing to avoid this incident
- Failing to maintain the plant equipment
- Creating an environment and condition that allowed an explosion and fire at the Marathon Refinery
- Failing to comply with OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management regulations
- Other acts of negligence which will be shown more fully at the trial
Salache is represented by Brent Coon and Associates.
The Marathon refinery is the same plant that was the scene of the Texas City explosion in 2005. The explosion occurred when a hydrocarbon vapor cloud exploded at the ISOM isomerization process unit, killing 15 workers and injuring more than 170 others.
“Sadly, work place safety at the Texas City refinery has not improved as another tragic accident has seriously injured workers at this particular plant yet again, more than 10 years later,” Coon said in a press release.
On his website, Coon states that he represents nearly 15,000 victims of the Gulf oil spill, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. He also describes having “led the charge against BP” after the disaster.