Plants and refineries are similar to many industrial workplaces, as more common accidents can happen on a regular basis. These do not have to be large in order to be deadly. While many accidents, such as the Texas City refinery explosion, are large in magnitude, many smaller accidents are just as catastrophic for the victims.
To better avoid these accidents, as well as more severe ones, the OHSA has set up rules and regulations for plants and refineries to follow. If an accident investigation shows that these standards were violated, then the responsible parties may be held accountable.
Human error is the most common cause of plant and refinery accidents, and when it comes to human error, the truth of the matter is that the most common cause is negligence. Whether that be the negligence of the employer, maintenance worker, or third party, it is typically the cause of things like explosions, fires, and other disasters. This means that a majority of these accidents could be avoided with proper training, supervision, safety measures, screening, and other actions.
Due to the volatile nature of the chemicals involved at chemical plants, it is absolutely crucial for workers to handle these substances correctly to avoid potential injury. Unfortunately, accidents can happen—including those that could have been avoided through more care and caution being taken at the workplace. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed out, some of the most common causes of chemical plant accidents include the use of poorly-designed equipment, poor hazard review, inadequate indications of process condition, and ignored warnings about potential problems—all of which could have been corrected before an accident occurring.
Chemical Plant Accidents
Chemicals are toxic materials and highly flammable, which means that production plants for chemicals are extremely dangerous. If proper safety regulations are not held to, machine malfunctioning, improper handling, or another kind of negligence can cause serious accidents.
Oil Refinery Plant Accidents
Oil refineries are a type of plant where crude oil is turned into types of petroleum products. These plants develop things such as gasoline. Because oil is refined by a process of heating crude oil, overheating is a common cause of accidents at refineries. Defective equipment, malfunctioning equipment, and unseen corrosion are common factors contributing to accidents.
Plant and Refinery Explosions
Among other types of accidents that can take place at manufacturing plants and refineries such as chemical spills, these work environments are prone to serious explosion accidents. The prolonged lack of proper maintenance and care for equipment is typically the cause.
Plant and Refinery Fires
Often in conjunction with explosions, but sometimes isolated instances, plant and refineries can be prone to fire. Chemicals, crude oil, and similar materials are highly flammable. If not handled properly they could result in a fire.
If you were injured in one of these accidents, it is time for you to talk with a plant and refinery accident lawyer about your legal options. For example, your employer may be found to have acted negligently by not providing adequate training to employees. In other cases, those responsible for the maintenance of machines may have been negligent if their neglect of maintenance led to an equipment malfunction.
You may be unsure of what factor caused your accident and injury, which is exactly why you should seek help from a plant accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin. We have helped hundreds of industrial workers just like you obtain recoveries for their injuries. We are proud to fight for the rights of injured victims, and should you become our client, we will do the same for you.
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