Did Valero Oil and JV Industrial fail to protect their workers?

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A Valero Oil refinery in Memphis, Tennessee, is being sued under a multimillion-dollar wrongful death and injury lawsuit after a fatal plant explosion. Richard Cuevas and Luis Santos were the two workers that filed the suit in San Antonio. Their lawsuit claims that the company should be held responsible for its severe negligence in the incident, including:

  • Failure to ensure there were no hazardous or flammable gasses in a flare line
  • Failure to provide timely firefighting assistance
  • Failure to provide automatic firefighting equipment in place

Learn more about employer negligence and your legal rights.

Plant explosion kills one worker and seriously injures others

On March 6th, the explosion at the Valero Oil plant directly affected the two men filing the lawsuit and three other workers, all working for subcontractor JV Industrial of Pasadena, Texas. Of the other workers, Nicolas Cuevas died, and Daniel Cuevas was still in a Memphis hospital with burns over 70 percent of his body at the time of this report. Both workers were the brothers of Richard Cuevas, who was working beside them at the time of the explosion. The fifth worker, Guadalupe Torres, remains hospitalized and is currently not part of the lawsuit.

A Valero spokesman declined to comment on the accident, and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Companies have a duty to keep workers safe

If you work in a plant, you do not have to be told that you have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. When companies do not uphold proper safety measures, severe accidents and death can occur. This is the third plant explosion reported in less than two years. Why is it taking so long to fix safety measures?

The attorneys at VB Attorneys have experience representing families and injured people in claims against large employers and corporations. If you have been hurt at work or have lost a loved one, contact us today for a free consultation and case review.


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