A father and son injured in an explosion while cleaning a tank at an oil storage facility in Corpus Christi this month have sued Oklahoma-based pipeline company Magellan Midstream Partners for damages.
The lawsuit, filed in Nueces County last weekend, also calls on the court to issue an injunction to prevent Magellan from gaining evidence in the December 5 explosion and fire that injured seven workers changes or destroys.
Ismael Garcia, 39, and his son Andrew Ramirez, 22, allege in their lawsuit that Magellan did not operate, inspect and maintain the oil storage tank properly. The Houston area men worked for the Shelton Services of Crosby tank cleaning company, according to court documents.
Garcia’s body was badly burned, said Houston personal injury attorney Kevin C. Haynes, of the Houston law firm Kherkher Garcia, who represents the two workers. Garcia has not been fully conscious since the accident, Haynes said.
Ramirez also suffered burns and smoke inhalation, Haynes said.
“It’s a tragedy that can be avoided,” said the lawyer. “That shouldn’t happen.”
Shelton Services said it has no pending litigation comments, General Counsel David C. Coons said.
Magellan did not return any comments.
On the day of the accident, the Associated Press reported that Magellan officials were unaware of what caused the explosion and promised to investigate. The subsequent fire was extinguished in about four hours, AP reported.
Ramirez and Garcia have asked the court to require Magellan to cover their current and future health expenses along with other unspecified damages.
Garcia’s wife, Linda Ramirez, 42, is also filing for compensation for her husband’s loss of camaraderie and other damage.
According to the Associated Press, Magellan’s Corpus Christi site has approximately 60 storage tanks.