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Explosion kills one at Air Liquide gas plant in Texas

02.11.2013  | 

The explosion occurred close to 7:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to the company, whose US operations are headquartered in Houston. About 20 people were working at the facility on Saturday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and one worker is still in critical condition.


Air Liquide has confirmed the death of one worker and serious injury of another following a weekend explosion at its industrial gases plant in La Porte, Texas.

The explosion occurred close to 7:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to the company, whose US operations are headquartered in Houston. About 20 people were working at the facility on Saturday.

The facility houses a mixture of industrial gases, such as nitrogen and hydrogen, which are used to process food, beverages and electronics, according to the Air Liquide website.

The statement from the company is as follows:

"On Saturday, February 9, shortly before 8 a.m., a fire occurred at Air Liquide's specialty gas facility in La Porte, Texas," the company said. "Sadly, Air Liquide can now confirm that the employee who had initially been identified as missing has been found. His body was located at the scene shortly before 7:30 p.m.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the employee's family. Out of respect for the family's privacy, Air Liquide will not release the name of the deceased employee. Air Liquide counselors are in contact with the employee's family and co-workers.

"A second employee who was taken to UTMB remains hospitalized in critical condition.

"Air Liquide personnel responded immediately to the scene at the time of the incident and remain on scene. We continue to work collaboratively with the emergency personnel and local authorities at the site."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Jagat Bandhu Sonar

To prevent future occurance of similar type of accidents, each emplyee must be made aware of the cause of the fire and possible lack of safety precautions. Knowingly nobody will invite accident and their own death.
J B Sonar

kamal Darwish

Its my pleasure to join for hydrocarbon processing.
Best Regards
kamal Darwish

Ijaz Ul-Haq

I am really sorry to hear about this tragic incident. My thoughts are to the departed worker's family.

Abbas Saeidsi

I am so sorry to hear thsi incidence.
We will wait to see the investigation report. We should take workers death at work same as police death on duty.
Out toughts goes to tye family of the deceased worker and wish recovery for injured ones.

Ceia Simões

The best security for these plants, is analyzing in continued the hydrocarbons of the air aspired!

Ceia Simões

A few ppp of hydrocarbons aspired with air when mixed with liquid rich in oxygen they provoke violent explosion. Linde has some unpleasant experiences with plants of air liquefaction near of plants that expel the hydrocarbons to atmosphere!

Ceia Simões

Which was the cause of the explosion!

Muhsin Hasan Sezar

Im so sorry about the accident happened in this way. Because air separation plants re generally known as more safe compared with other chemical installations.
Do they checked Acetylene Filters which are generally located in cold box on site? This is the first thing I thought.
Best regards to all people and their families involved in this accident.
God bless you all gentlemen.

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