Plant & Refinery Fires
The Leading Industrial Injury Attorneys in Louisiana
Because of their inherent involvement with hazardous chemicals and heavy machinery, plants and refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work in the country. When accidents occur at one of these facilities, it is usually a catastrophically destructive one.
Some of these injuries and consequences can include:
- Severe burns
- Broken and fractured bones
- Loss of limbs
- Damage to personal property
- Wrongful death
Many of these injuries and accidents themselves can be avoided. It is likely that your injuries or those of your loved one are the result of negligence from another party. Contact our team to start your legal action against those responsible for your injuries.
What Causes Plant & Refinery Fires
Refinery fires are so severe because of the substances plants and refineries work with. These substances are highly flammable and are usually produced in high volumes, which means a larger and stronger fire. In oil refineries, a necessary process occurs called fractioning, which requires heating the crude oil to 400 degrees Celsius. Once the crude oil is heated, it can be separated and section off into different parts. If a pipe, tank, or chamber suddenly cracks, the heated oil inside could combine with surrounded gases and combust instantaneously. This would be a nearly impossible fire to control. A similar event could occur in chemical plant. Many of the chemicals being dealt with are highly combustible. If the machinery fails, the chemicals can be exposed to gases or other materials that may ignite a large fire.
The reason equipment leaks are such a major concern has to do with the age of equipment in plants and refineries. These have not been renovated or improved for decades, meaning that pipes and tanks are becoming frailer. When equipment fails to contain these dangerous substances, catastrophic accidents occur and potentially injure hundreds of workers and surrounding communities.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Plant & Refinery Fires
Most accidents at plants and refineries can be traced back to human error. There are systems in place by federal and state organizations, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), that are designed to regulate these potentially dangerous facilities and protect those who work in them. In many cases, these accidents occur as a result of poor supervision or irresponsible decision-making.
If hundreds of workers’ lives are put in danger because of faulty machinery, such as a devastating leak of crude oil or harmful chemicals, the owners of the plant or factory may be held liable for failing to perform regular inspections and maintenance.
In any case, a thorough investigation is always conducted to find the root cause of the accident. The experienced legal team at Arnold Itkin LLP will work closely with those investigating authorities to determine who was at fault for your or your loved one’s injuries in a Louisiana plant or refinery fire. Our team has the skill, determination, and the resources to find the party at fault build a strong case in favor of your compensation.
Hiring Compassionate Legal Representation
It’s likely that you or your loved one was not the only individual injured or killed in a Louisiana plant or refinery fire, but our team will treat your case as if you were. We provide unique and individualized attention to each and every one of our clients because we know how devastating this has been for you already. We at Arnold & Itkin LLP will help provide medical care while your case is depending and offer contingency fees so you will not worry about financial matters until your case is closed and we have won.
Call one of our qualified attorneys at (225) 412-6348 to schedule your free case evaluation.