Texas City is unique in that it spans across two county lines: Chambers and Galveston. This city is known mostly for its deep-water port and petroleum refining factories. The town has a total population of about 45,000. Texas City is well known, but some of their claims to fame are actually incredibly tragic. In 1947 this city was the site of what is now known as the "Texas City Disaster," an event of such magnitude that its effects are remembered still.
The incident happened when a French ship carrying ammonium nitrate initiated a domino-effect of explosions. This series of explosions destroyed ships and warehouses in the port, causing dangerous pieces of shrapnel to fly in all directions. This disaster killed near 600 people and injured thousands more. While this may sound like a tragic event long in the past, it is still considered by most to be the worst industrial accident that the United States has ever seen.
In 2005, Texas City underwent yet another major disaster. A BP oil refinery exploded when hydrocarbon vapor was exposed to an ignition source. The massive explosion killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. BP eventually pled guilty to violations of environmental law, taking responsibility for the deaths of its employees.
If you were injured while working at the Port of Texas City, look to Arnold & Itkin as your source for legal advice and representation. Our firm is passionate about defending the rights of maritime and harbor workers. Each port presents its own sets of challenges and opportunities for injury. If you were injured in any way, it is worth contacting our firm. We will evaluate your case free of charge so that we can determine how best to help you. If you still have questions or are unsure whether or not you should file a claim, then please speak with our firm. We can give you the best possible legal advice so that you can pursue accurate compensation.
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