Officials investigating a fatal “blowout” at Victoria chemical plant

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Texas industrial accident left one worker dead in Victoria on Monday evening. State authorities and company officials are investigating the cause of the fatal on-the-job accident.

According to local sources including the Midland Daily News and the Victoria Advocate, 54-year-old Arthur Gahagan of Victoria, Texas, was working to fix a line stoppage at the Dow Chemical Seadrift Operations when it appears that some sort of “blowout” occurred, ultimately causing the death of the man. He was working alone at the time of the work accident. Co-workers responded to the scene when they heard a loud noise – they found their colleague unresponsive. The on-site accident took place just before seven in the evening.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s office was brought to the scene to collect evidence for further investigation and to determine that foul play was not a factor in the accident. The investigation will also be handled by Seadrift Operations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As of now, authorities are not certain what caused the blowout or what the exact cause of death was.

Gahagan, who was called Art by friends and family, leaves behind a family in Victoria. He is remembered by co-workers as a great friend and a hard worker.

Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.
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