Workers injured in plant explosion suing KBR
Friday, May 28, 2004
HOUSTON, May 28 (Summary of KHOU.com Article) - Three workers employed by Phillips 66 are suing Halliburton's subsidiary, KBR, for injuries suffered during a plant explosion on March 27, 2000. The explosion happened in a tank at Deer Park, Texas, and killed one worker and injured 74. The injured workers allege that KBR, formerly known as Kellogg Brown and Root, is responsible for the blast because its detection and relief system did not work properly. “The engineers completely failed to do the very first step and that is find out what was in this tank. They thought it was something like water and it was a highly hazardous reactive chemical. They completely blew it because they treated it like it was water,” said John Eddie Williams, the lawyer for the plaintiffs. “We feel terrible for what happened to these plaintiffs and their families but Kellogg Brown and Root didn’t have anything to do with it and the investigation Phillips conducted proved that,” Robert Meadows, the lawyer for KBR, said.