Williams Olefins Chemical Plant Explosion (Geismar, LA)
Around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, the Geismar-based Williams Olefins chemical plant exploded injuring dozens and causing one fatality. Approximately 600 employees were present at the time of the explosion. The plant annually produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of highly flammable ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene.
While the force of the explosion caused a variety of injuries, toxic chemicals were released in the air, potentially exposing plant employees and neighboring communities to the harmful effects of these substances.
If you were affected by the Williams Olefins chemical plant explosion, you may be suffering from:
- Chemical burns
- Toxic Exposure
- Other injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Lost wages
Ethylene oxide is a toxic chemical and exposure to it can cause both short and long-term injuries. Chemical exposures occur through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact.
- Burning or sore/irritated chest
- Congested and/or painful ears, nose, sinuses, and throat
- Coughing blood
- Trouble breathing
- Chemicals breathed in the air or put or sprayed into the nose can pass through the nose lining and enter the brain causing:
- Dizziness, lightheaded feeling
- Problems with attention span/concentration, difficulty with short term memory
- Impaired balance/coordination
- “Pins and needles” feeling or numbness
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Burning rash
- Redness with itching on back or upper center chest may be an indicator of your body’s attempt to clear out chemicals
- Irritation/burning feeling in the stomach or mid upper abdomen and/or lower middle chest