You will recall that in previous issues we wrote about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Now it appears that important health and safety information could be hidden from the public forever because in Texas a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the explosion. The agreements approved by a state District Judge were requested by lawyers involved in at least 15 separate lawsuits. As a result, these lawyers can label as “confidential” virtually all information uncovered as they prepare for trial. Hopefully, the judge will revisit the issue of “confidentiality” as the cases progress.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the information could include more details about injuries and safety testing of the fertilizer that exploded at the West Fertilizer Co. in April 2013. It should be noted that 15 people were killed in the blast and hundreds more injured. It’s difficult to justify critical information relating to safety and hazardous conditions being hidden from the public. That sort of information should be made available as a matter of public policy. I am writing about a report on this incident in the Premises Section of this issue.
Sources: Insurance Journal and The Dallas Morning News
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