Explosion at Colorado Concrete Railroad Tie Plant Hospitalizes Worker

The Doan Law Firm has represented the victims of industrial explosions from across the United States for years. Our firm has 40 offices located from coast to coast in the United States. “What I’ve learned in representing women and men injured in industrial accidents is that these terribly tragic events happen everywhere,” explained Jimmy Doan, the President of The Doan Law Firm. “The recent explosion at a Pueblo, Colorado concrete tie plant underscores the sad reality that no one who works in factory or plant is free from the prospect of being injures in the workplace.”

About the Colorado Rocla Plant

The Rocla plant in Pueblo, Colorado, manufactures concrete rail ties. In fact, Rocla is the leading manufacturer of pre-stressed concrete rail ties in the United States. In addition to rail ties, Rocla manufactures an array of other concrete products that include:

  • Pipes
  • Stormwater culverts
  • Headwalls
  • And other products

Rocla Colorado Plant Explosion

An investigation is underway into the cause of the Rocla Colorado plant explosion. There is some basic information known at this time as to what caused the Rocla Colorado plant explosion accident:

  • A plant worker was using welding equipment at the time of the explosion
  • The worker was using the welding equipment near an oil drum that was nearly empty
  • The process of using the welding equipment resulted in sparks
  • The sparks ignited the oil that remained in the nearby drum
  • The ignition of the oil resulted in the explosion

One worker was airlifted to the hospital following the explosion. While specifics regarding the man’s condition are not publicly available at the moment. A spokesperson for the Pueblo Fire Department that responded to the scene of the explosion explained that the injured worker was the person “most directly involved with the start of the incident.” This clearly seems to indicate that the injured worker is the same person who was using the welding equipment that appears to be associated with the Colorado industrial explosion.

The spokesperson for the Pueblo Fire Department made additional remarks in front of the Rocla plant:

“About 10:35 in the morning, we received a call of an explosion in this facility. This is a facility that manufactures concrete railroad ties. It happened in the manufacturing machining area of the facility that was a covered indoor-outdoor area and lots of other items have caught fire.”

Evidently there were 39 workers in total at the plant on the morning of the explosion. All of the workers have been accounted for as of this time.

The fire did take some time to extinguish, although it was out the same day of the explosion itself. The extent of damage to the plant is not yet known. The building is about 12,000 square feet in size.

A dark smoke plume did rise above the plant following the blast. There was no air quality warning issued in regard to the smoke plume. There appears to have been no hazard to the public at large following the investigation.

Protect Your Legal Rights with an Industrial Explosion Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in an industrial explosion accident, the experienced, dedicated legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here for you. Our national explosion accident lawyer hotline at (800) 349-0000 is staffed around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. We can schedule an initial consultation with you at any one of our 40 offices located across the country, including in Colorado at:

Boulder Doan Law Firm

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Boulder, Colorado 80302

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Denver, Colorado 80202

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Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920

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We can also arrange an initial consultation at your home or online as well. There is never a fee charged for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm industrial explosion lawyer.

The Doan Law Firm never charges an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. Our firm is dedicated to fighting tirelessly for justice and the compensation you deserve in your case.

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