Texas and the Gulf Coast are recognized areas for oil production, and plants are crucial to that production, but at the same time, they can become a significant hazard. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the oil industry has seven times more deaths in the workplace than any other industry, accidents and explosions in plants leave hundreds of deaths each year.
What makes plants so dangerous?
Plants work to convert crude oil to gasoline, and both substances are incredibly flammable. Plants are generally huge complexes with a maze of pipelines that transport oil throughout the different stages of the refining process. A small flaw or human error during the process can cause devastating and fatal explosions throughout the plant. Therefore, If you are injured or a victim of the plant explosion, Contact our professional plant explosion lawyer at Zehl & Associates. Our attorneys will fight for your rights.
How do plant explosions occur?
Plant explosions are most commonly caused by negligence. Some of the most common causes of plant explosions include:
Unsafe handling of chemicals
Defective or worn tools and equipment
Failure to properly train employees
Plant Explosion Injuries
Workers victim of explosion injuries at plants generally suffer irreparable injury or do not survive. Injuries range from severe heat burns, chemicals, or electrical equipment. Victims can also suffer shock wave injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), broken bones, neck and back injuries, lacerations, and even death.
In many cases, the road to recovery will be long and tedious for victims of plant explosions, some will never be able to recover fully. Victims may need months and even years of medical care, physical therapy, multiple surgeries, specialized medical equipment, and medications to recover from their injuries.
Because of this, explosions at plants can cause a huge financial burden on victims and their families. Workers may not be physically or mentally able to return to work for some time, also facing loss of pay.
Expert lawyers in Accidents and Work Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured or died during a plant explosion, you may have a lot of questions and need legal advice. Zehl & Associates are experts in these types of cases and could not only help you understand your rights as a worker, but others can guide you to receive the compensation you deserve. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.