Pembroke accident claims against corporations
The settlement of Pembroke is found in the west of Wales and is the site of the Pembroke Refinery which experienced a storage tank explosion back in June 2011 that killed four workers and severely injured another worker. The Pembroke Refinery began in 1964 and lies on the Pembrokeshire coast on the southern side of the Milford Haven Waterway.
The accident involving the storage tank explosion caused a mass fire to break out and fire fighters needed 90 minutes to extinguish the flames completely. Investigations were made into the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire at the oil refinery.
The four workers that were killed and the one that was injured were all from Pembrokeshire and the injured worker is in a stable condition but with serious burns. The refinery has been subject to accidents in the past with an even larger explosion occurring in July 1994. although there were no casualties with 26 workers receiving mild injuries and damage to homes in the area.
Chevron, the owners and employer of the workers at Pembroke Refinery and a local MP have stated that this is an isolated incident and that the refinery has an excellent safety record in an industry that involves dangerous work.
Investigations into the cause of the 2011 explosion are still continuing today with local police and the Health and Safety Executive. They are conducting their joint investigation into the cause of the explosion.
The initial Coroner’s inquest that was made into the deaths of the refinery workers was put on hold until the police and HSE investigation was completed. The investigation may result in the owner of the Pembroke Refinery, Chevron, being made liable for the explosion under the Corporate Manslaughter Act of 2007.
This would be a landmark ruling if Chevron are deemed to have committed Corporate Manslaughter, with no large, multi-national company being convicted under the Corporate Manslaughter Act so far.
The police and HSE have stated that the investigation has taken a lengthy period of time. It involved detailed forensic investigation that is of a highly complex nature, and requires specialist staff from the HSE who have oil refinery industry experience.
If you are injured in an accident while working on an oil refinery then you may be eligible to make Pembroke accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline.
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Pembroke accident claims can be made by calling Accident Advice Helpline on the appropriate phone numbers: 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 3rd January 2015
Author: Emma Matthews