The families of seven refinery workers from the Anacortes, Wash., Tesoro plant filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Wednesday against the company, according to news reports.
The lawsuit claims Tesoro failed “to inspect decaying equipment” and ignored “industry safety standards and federal laws governing refinery safety,” leading to an April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers.
According to the Skagit County Superior Court lawsuit, families of six workers and an injured contractor are seeking judgment.
Following the explosion, Department of Labor & Industries investigators deemed the fatal work accident preventable. “Instead of properly repairing or replacing the unit, Tesoro simply stationed workers nearby to disperse the dangerous vapors, according to the lawsuit and the L&I probe. On April 2, 2010, the material ignited and killed the nearby workers,” according to news reports.
The families are seeking unspecified damages on behalf of their loved ones who were killed and injured.
As a Bellingham workers compensation attorney, I remember hearing about this tragic work accident. While nothing will give the families their loved ones back, I hope they are fairly compensated for their tragic loss.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at work and think you deserve worker’s compensation or a wrongful-death suit, contact a personal injury lawyer in Bellingham.