Jury awards 4 workers $16 million for 2013 plant explosion
NEW ORLEANS - Four workers injured in a deadly 2013 petrochemical plant explosion in south Louisiana have been awarded a total of $16 million by a jury.
This week's verdict follows a separate late September trial in which four other workers were awarded $13.6 million for injuries suffered at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant. Two people died in the June 2013 blast.
In Tuesday's verdict, the jury assigned just over 83 percent of the fault for the explosion to Williams Company, Inc., an Oklahoma-based company, and 16 percent to Sabic Petrochemicals, a Saudi energy company that was added as a co-defendant in the latest lawsuit. Two plant officials were assigned less than 1 percent of fault.
Williams Olefins issued a statement saying it will appeal. A Sabic spokeswoman said in an email Thursday that the company doesn't comment on pending litigation "except to say that we intend to pursue all available remedies."