Plant & Refinery Turnaround Accident Attorneys
In industrial plants and refineries, turnarounds are a term used for the process of taking the entire unit offline for some time while a revamp or renewal is performed. Turnarounds are sometimes called shutdowns or outages and can refer to some different projects such as debottlenecking, inspection and testing, or revamps. Turnarounds are expensive in terms of labor costs, equipment, and lost production during the downtime, but they are vital to maintaining and updating the plant’s equipment. Delays in turnarounds can lead to long-term safety problems that put workers at risk. While turnarounds are necessary to maintain the overall safety of the plant, the process itself can be volatile. If not performed properly and under close supervision, severe accidents can occur that have the potential to greatly injure workers.
Common Injuries Suffered in Turnaround Accidents
Turnarounds are a large, complex process with multiple steps that can lead to an accident if not performed correctly. Because they can be inherently unpredictable, the types of accidents can vary widely.
Some common injuries suffered in turnaround accidents include:
- Burn injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Blunt force trauma
What To Do If You Have Been Injured in a Turnaround Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured during a turnaround or shutdown at a plant or refinery, you should consult with an experienced turnaround accident lawyer as soon as possible. Turnarounds can be extremely complex since there are typically multiple parties, trades, and chains of command involved in the process. Because of those complexities, it is important that you consult with an attorney that has the experience and technical knowledge to fully analyze and evaluate the turnaround process to identify actions that may have led to the accident.
Our firm has represented workers from the largest plants and refineries in the country and successfully recovered over 11 million dollars for a client who was injured in a turnaround accident. Contact our turnaround accident attorneys today for a free consultation about your case: (888) 493-1629!