Industrial plant fires and
explosions not only affect those working on the actual plant site itself, but it can also be an extreme danger to those living in the
surrounding neighborhoods. This was made clear in the recent West Fertilizer explosion just two weeks ago here in Texas. The plant explosion caused the leveling out of nearly one third of the small West community, destroying at least 150 homes as well as a number of businesses and a local school. This disaster resulted in the deaths of at least 15 victims, none of which were even workers at the plant; rather they were innocent bystanders liking in the community. Another 200 victims were injured from this blast, and now the town of West is left to rebuild itself from the ground up, while mourning the loss and injuries of many loved ones.
With this devastation in hindsight, the people in the community of Point Comfort now are living in that same fear; wondering if what resulted in a small fire could one day result in another city disaster killing those whom they hold dear. A local newspaper, the Victoria Advocate, interviewed a local resident who claims her family has lived in constant fear of the nearby chemical plant; their house being the closest to the property—directly across the street. The father of the house works at the Formosa plant across the street, and while the fire was not near his work area, he realizes that if an explosion were to occur, his entire family would be killed in a heartbeat.
The father explains the plant explosion in West has now increased his fear for the safety of his family, because of the fact so much property and homes were destroyed in the blast; not to mention the many lives lost. However, despite the eminent dangers, numerous families' when interviewed claim they still refuse to move their home because it is just that—home. Full time employees and contract workers alike call this town their home, and this plant is what makes money for their city; so as long as it is here, so will they be. Workers share their jobs are very dangerous, and every day they realize there are risks; noting that even in a work environment that implements strict safety requirements, human errors still occur and people still suffer as a result.
If you or a loved one were one of the 16 victims injured in the Formosa fire, contact Arnold & Itkin today for a trusted plant explosion attorney who can help you fight for compensation for your injuries. It is likely that after a workplace injury you will need to take time off of work, and compensation can help reimburse those lost wages from the incident.
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