OIL TANK EXPLOSION IN TEXAS
A child received serious burns when an oil storage tank explodes after a lighter ignites explosive hydrocarbon gases and fumes from top of tank.
On March 16, 1992 our client, (a teenage girl), received serious first (1st) degree and third (3rd) degree burns to her face, abdomen, hair, arms and legs when a oil tank at a oil storage facility exploded. Our client and 3 others had climbed the stairs to the top platform of an old oil storage tank.When she went to lit a cigarette, the spark from the lighter ignited fumes that were flowing out of a hatch on top. This manhole cover or hatch opening was not locked, and in fact was open allowing explosive hydrocarbon fumes to escape. The client was taken to a nearby hospital and later transferred to a burn unit for skin grafts and further treatment of her burns.
A lawsuit was filed by the family of the burn victim against the owner operator of the oil storage tank that exploded. The allegations against the oil tank owner including negligence, failure to warn and strict liability for allowing a oil storage tank hatch opening to be left unlocked in an area that local kids were know to frequenent. According to industry standards, the tank in question should have had the lid or service hatch to the oil tank closed and to allow the explosive gases to vent some 15-20 feet away in a safe area, away from possible ignition sources. The oil tank farm owner alleged that he owed no duty to the burn victim as she was a trespasser. This argument was successfully countered by evidence of years of trespassing by the local, including gunshots of oil field signs, cigarette butts all over the ground and empty beer cans and pistol shell casing all over the area of the oil tanks and oil well pumps. After months of legal maneuvering, this lawsuit was settled out of court for a confidential amount.
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