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Brent Coon Files Lawsuit and TRO Over Fire at Marathon Plant in Texas City

January 16, 2016, 12:31 pm

On Friday Jan 15th, Brent Coon and Associates flied a lawsuit, on behalf of Samuel Salache, including his Original Petition, Application for Temporary Restraining Order & Temporary Injunction and Request for Disclosure against Marathon Petroleum Company LP, Ray Brooks, and Innovative Ventilation Systems, Inc.

At 2:45 am on Monday January 11, 2015, Mr. Salache was working as a foreman at the Marathon Refinery in Texas City, Texas, when a fire occurred. A spark ignited some fumes in an around the cyclone causing a intense fire. It is Mr. Salache's belief that Innovative Ventilation Systems, Inc.’s or "Smog Busters" equipment caused the initial spark. Mr. Salache, heroically, ensured that his entire crew safely made it out of harms way which forced him to suffer from severe smoke inhalation and other potentially serious injuries.

Mr. 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 trial

The Marathon refinery in Texas City is the same plant that was previously owned by BP and was the scene of infamous Texas City Explosion in 2005. The explosion killed 15 workers and injured hundreds more. As the lead litigation attorney, Brent Coon reached a settlement with BP that forced the company to make public the seven million documents his firm had uncovered, fund over $40 million dollars to various charities, organizations and educational institutions that focus on improving process safety within the petrochemical industry, and ultimately a plea of 15 counts of felony manslaughter with the Department of Justice.

As a result Brent Coon wrote the “Remember The 15 Bill” to forever improve refinery safety conditions, and introduced it into the Texas Legislature during a ceremony held at the Capitol, commemorating the second anniversary of the blast that killed 15 people.

"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", said Brent Coon. 

BCA has successfully handled thousands of injury and occupational injury cases in Texas and elsewhere and presently represents over 10,000 victims of the BP oil spill in massive federal litigation involving multiple parties. Coon and firm clients have routinely made appearances in Congressional and legislative affairs and hearings and appeared hundreds of times with interviews of legal import to national and international radio, television and press corps.


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