Plant and Refinery Accidents
If you or a loved has been injured in a plant or refinery accident, you may be able to get compensation for the damages this accident caused you. Industrial workers are susceptible to dangers on a daily basis that are not present in other workplaces. Whether you work at a power plant, chemical plant, or a refinery, these dangers are present and cannot be avoided. However, employers must take safety measures to ensure the workplace is as safe as possible for workers.
Some of the most common risks in plants are the risk of explosions and fires, especially at chemical plants. Many chemicals are highly flammable and must be handled with special care. If employees do not handle these chemicals correctly, a very bad situation might happen. Another common risk in plants is chemical spills. Chemical spills can cause a worker’s skin to burn or toxins could be released into the air the workers breathe, causing lung problems that may only show up many years later. Chemical spills can also cause explosions and fires if exposed to flame.
Slip and fall accidents are also common in industrial workplaces, as well as plants and refineries, which have similar working conditions to industrial places like manufacturing facilities. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) provides very firm guidelines and rules for plants and refineries to follow in order to avoid any accidents from happening. If an accident does occur, and an investigation is held proving that there was a violation of any of OHSA’s regulations, then the responsible person or entity will then be held liable for the mishap. This person or entity will then have to pay compensation to the victim of the accident for the damages it caused.
Possible Plants and Refineries Accidents
Many plant and refinery accidents can be avoided and most are caused by human error. Here are a few of the most common accidents that may occur:
- Chemical plants: These are very dangerous places prone to many accidents. By their very nature, chemical plants are considered to be toxic and highly flammable. It is vital for chemical plants to follow strict safety regulations and to conduct strict machine maintenance. Also, workers need to be properly trained to handle the machines; otherwise, accidents can end in a severe injury or even death.
- Oil refineries: In these plants, petroleum products such as gasoline and heating oil are made from crude oil. Overheating the oil is a common cause of unwanted accidents in oil refineries. The oil can get overheated due to malfunctioning equipment, corrosion, or defects in the machinery.
- Fertilizer plants: Explosions can happen in fertilizer plants because of the nature of the materials used in these places.
As mentioned above, plants and refineries are very prone to fires and explosions. The materials that are handled in these places are sometimes highly flammable and extremely dangerous. Some explosion accidents can be a real threat and cause severe injures and even death.
In the event of a plant or refinery fire or explosion that happened due to negligence or lack of care, the employer may be found responsible for the incident, and compensation may be available for the worker who got injured. It’s important to retain the services of a qualified and experienced attorney with knowledge in plant and refinery work injuries in order to get the compensation you deserve. These injury cases can be very complex, thus the need for qualified help. Your attorney will help you determine how much your case can be worth and whether the case is worth pursuing or not.