On Monday night, July 29, 2013, the Blue Rhino Gas Plant in Tavares, FL exploded leaving as many as eight workers injured, four critically. An investigation by the Tavares Fire Department indicates that both equipment failure and human error may have played a role in the propane gas tank malfunction.
The propane tank, that holds approximately 30,000 pounds of liquefied propane, withstood the overwhelming heat that destroyed vehicles in the nearby parking lot. Propane cylinders became missile-like from the flames and may have damaged the tank.
At this time, no foul play is suspected as a cause for the explosion.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting their own investigation to determine whether proper safety protocol was followed. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will examine the incident and develop their own report. The Tavares gas plant fills 20-pound propane containers most often used for outdoor grills. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has passing records from inspections in March and July of this year for the plant.
Emergency response teams have been praised for their response and credited with the fact that there are no fatalities from the explosion.
Tavares, FL Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Lawyers
Eight people suffered personal injury from Monday’s explosion at the Blue Rhino Gas Plant. All of their injuries should be covered by workers compensation insurance. To ensure that all damages are covered, each worker should seek the help of an expert workers compensation lawyer. Insurance will attempt to pay the smallest settlement possible, and may leave the workers in financial need to pay for the necessary medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs.
Oldham & Smith have advocated for many people injured on the job. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will help you recover financially while you recover physically and emotionally.