In recent years, a serious plant explosion injured nearly two dozen workers—with serious burns and injuries from escape. Two people suffered burns that required them to be airlifted. After the explosion, several workers found they could not return to work. Many of them found it difficult to simply drive past a refinery, and others found themselves getting startled at normal sounds. One worker tried to go to work just to retrieve his toolbox and found even that was nearly impossible.
Did the company respond with compassion?
Did they understand their workforce had just suffered one of the worst traumas a worker can experience?
No. In fact, the very next day, they required that all workers go back to work as usual.
Many workers hadn’t even had a chance to process what they witnessed or experienced. Many of them knew that “work as usual” would never be the same again. For some workers, this was the final straw. For others, they gave the company the benefit of the doubt—that is, until the company laid them off two weeks later.
In the video below, survivors talk about that day: what they heard, what they experienced.
They also talk about how the company responded, what they went through in the weeks and months later, and how they moved forward. This video is about their lives, their stories, and their struggle to start fresh in the wake of tragedy.