What Are the Different Types of Industrial Plants?
What are the risks of working at these locations?
If you are an employee at an industrial plant, there are dozens of opportunities
for dangers or injuries that could be debilitating. Medical bills after
these accidents can be astronomical and recovery may be lengthy. It is
essential that you are aware of the dangers of working at an industrial
plant and are conscious of the risk that you are taking by being employed
at the plant. There are a variety of different plants that you may work
at, and each comes with their own assessed risks.
Here is a brief list of some of the different industrial plants that can
be dangerous for employees:
Plastic Manufacturing Plants
Plants that manufacture plastics or create the chemicals to make plastic
can be dangerous. According to the OSHA, there are over 1.1 million workers
in the plastics industry. Despite the fact that so many Americans work
in this field, there are significant dangers to creating plastics in the
processing phase, as well as when the plastics chemicals are raw materials.
The OSHA says there is the danger for respiratory protection because of
chemical exposure, the danger of abrasive wheel machinery, and combustible
chemicals that need to be kept away from each other in order to avoid
Nuclear Power Plants
Any plants that deal with power and nuclear energy often come with associated
risks. The workers have potential to exposure from dangerous radiation
that can have long-lasting health effects. As well, radiation plants are
often the site of reactor accidents, which happen when a system fails
and causes a dangerous incident. Often, reactor accidents also lead to
excessive radiation and can cause worker to suffer significant injury.
Oil refineries are locations where companies take their crude oil and refine
it in order to meet federal regulations. These necessary refineries often
employ thousands of workers. When the oil is heated or there is a chemical
reaction, the flammable materials can spark dangerous fires that are difficult
to put out. This may lead to serious burn injuries or explosions that
can cause blunt force trauma, fractures, and other injuries to employees
Much like plastics plants, there are many industrial plants that are primarily
concerned with the manufacturing of chemicals that are used in a variety
of different materials. Workers at these plants are at constant risk to
chemical exposure of hazardous materials and can become seriously harmed
by a leak. As well, chemical plants can often be at risk to an explosion
if the chemicals that are manufactured are combustible. Workers must be
aware of their workers' compensation rights when working at one of
Recently, the dangers of fertilizer plants have been highlighted in the
tragedy that occurred in West, Texas. Fertilizer contains ammonia, which
is a hazardous chemical that can cause poisoning in workers. Fertilizer
is combustible, so it can create a terrible blast if it is ignited. Most
of the time, explosions at plants like the one in Waco start when a fire
is ignited and comes into contact with the fertilizer. The explosion from
one of these plants can be far-reaching, leveling homes and devastating
the surrounding areas.
Metal Manufacturing Plants
Metal manufacturing plants or steel mills can often be dangerous because
of the heavy machinery used and the sparks / blasts from working the metals.
Often, steel mills have giant furnaces, and workers are in charge of casting
iron, converting ore into liquid iron, steelmaking, or product roiling.
Along with the dangers of the furnaces and the sparks, there are often
chemical hazards at these plants.
If you were injured in an industrial accident or an oil refinery incident,
then you need to contact an
industrial accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP. The firm can help you to seek compensation
for any injuries that you have suffered.