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Seven Workers Injured In Sunoco Flash Fire

A flash fire injured seven workers, including four critically injured, at Sunoco Logistics in Nederland, Texas during the late evening hours of August 12, 2016.  The accident occurred while some workers were welding on a crude-oil pipeline.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.  Four of the seven employees were transported to a local hospital by ambulance while the remaining three were transported to burn centers via helicopter.

The injured workers were employees of a contractor.  A general contractor in control of the premises has a duty to reasonably keep the premises in safe condition.  A general contractor who exercises control over a subcontractors work must also exercise reasonable care in supervising the subcontractor.  These laws are in place to ensure general contractors take the necessary steps to prevent accidents on the work site.  Although the cause of the accident is still being investigated by authorities and Sunoco, the circumstances surrounding this incident point towards a breach of duty.

When contractors do not exercise reasonable care, innocent workers can be catastrophically injured.  We encourage any person who may have information regarding this incident to share it with us even if it is anonymously.  The information you have may be helpful to the investigation of this accident and will make workplaces safer for others when the responsible parties are held accountable for their wrongful conduct and omissions.  Please contact us at 877-892-2797.