More on Refinery and Plant Explosions
Plant explosions are a frequent cause of industrial accident injuries. Working in a plant can be dangerous given the toxic chemical exposure and heavy machinery. Oftentimes, plant explosions are due to the negligence of the company, including failure to follow proper safety measures.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides regulations for industries across the country. Typically, plants are cited and fined for failing to follow OSHA regulations. This pattern of negligence can often lead to injuries. Attempts to cover-up the incident or skew the facts surrounding the accident can lead to further liability issues and possibly even criminal charges.
Several other major plant explosions also occurred in Texas. These include the BP plant explosion and the West Fertilizer Company explosion. The West Fertilizer explosion resulted in fifteen people being killed and more than one hundred people injured. The blast also severely damaged property in the surrounding areas, including a nursing home, apartment complex, and many homes. Sadly, both the BP and West Fertilizer accidents resulted in extensive physical and mental injuries, including burns, head trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Another example was the Williams Olefins Chemical plant explosions, which injured dozens and killed two workers. The plant produced ethylene and propylene which are both flammable gases.
Other injuries and losses caused by refinery and plant explosions include:
- Chemical burns and chemical exposure
- Lung and breathing-related injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (often due to being struck by debris)
- Property loss and damage, especially to the surrounding neighborhood community
- Issues with drinking water, air, and other nearby resources
- Various other communal and environmental concerns
Thousands of deaths and injuries are attributed each year to plant and oil rig explosions. It is common for these large companies to fight against compensation for these accidents. We have the experience to help you obtain a recovery for your injuries.