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CARSON: Kinder Morgan Terminals Explosion Accident At Oil Refinery Storage Facility Injured Multiple Workers Along East Sepulveda Boulevard

Jun 4, 2019

Truck Driver Injured In Explosion Accident At Carson Oil Refinery Storage Facility At The Kinder Morgan Terminals Along East Sepulveda Boulevard

CARSON, CALIFORNIA (June 3, 2019) – A truck driver was hurt in an explosion accident at the Carson oil refinery and storage facility located in the Kinder Morgan Terminals.

Carson police rushed to the oil refinery and storage facility in order to help the injured truck driver as well as several other workers. The explosion happened as jet fuel was being loaded onto a tanker truck.

The blast from the explosion caused a small fire which firefighters were able to contain. The Kinder Morgan Terminals had to be evacuated and the truck driver was treated for burn injuries. 

Los Angeles Fire Department officials were speculating that static electricity could have triggered the blast. But the cause of the accident remains unknown at this time. 

Liability In Explosion Accidents

Explosions remain a very serious hazard for employees that work in trucking or who must handle flammable materials. There are a number of safety precautions that should be taken in order to prevent the likelihood of an explosion taking place.

  • Knowledge:  A number of materials could cause an explosion including butane, propane, methane, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, oil, paint thinners and many other substances.
  • Detectors: Gas detectors can help workers know when potentially flammable material may be present. 
  • Ignition Sources: Explosions take place when flammable materials are combined with oxygen and introduced to an ignition source. Welding flames or even static electricity can be enough to set off an explosion.

When a worker is injured on the job their employer will typically owe them benefits. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” What many workers don’t realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only option following an accident. 

An injured worker may be able to recover damages through a third party liability claim. In short, if a company separate from a worker’s employer was negligent they may face civil liability for an accident. For example, an explosion may occur due to an electric malfunction or a leaking gas line. Damages in a civil claim can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After An Explosion Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in the Carson oil refinery and storage facility at the Kinder Morgan Terminal. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to Cal/OSHA as they continue to investigate. It is so essential that companies are doing everything in their power to help keep their workers safe. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an explosion accident while at work you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We are committed to making sure that workers are treated fairly and that they get all the medical and financial support they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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