In the past several years it has seemed that refineries have consistently run into trouble, either with deadly fires or massive explosions. While workers at these refineries are protected by safety regulations and security standards, it can be a very difficult work environment. Not only do refinery plants require constant work and maintenance, but they also put workers and surrounding townspeople at some significant risk. Though workers can choose whether or not they will work at a refinery, the local community is often subjected to refinery damage threats without much say.
Refinery explosions can be caused by a number of factors, such as:
- Equipment Failures
- Lack of Maintenance
- Poor Security & Safety Regulations
- Lack of Training
- Corrupted Chemicals or Materials
- Negligent Supervision
- OSHA Violations
- Poor Labeling
It can be difficult to determine the actual cause of an explosion, and it often takes up to several months to find any answers. More often than not, a refinery explosion is a result of numerous factors. When employer negligence is involved, it can lead to frustration, outrage, and even widespread community protests.
Accidents Caused in Explosions
Workers and local residents both face severe risks in the case of a refinery accident. Those who are inside or nearby the plant—most likely on the job—may suffer burn injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, internal injuries, disfigurement, lung damage, or eye injuries. Individuals in the community may suffer from asthma, pollution poison, and other types of secondary damages. In some cases, some people may react so strongly to breathing in dangerous fumes or smoke they face permanent damage—even wrongful death.
Whether you were directly involved in a refinery explosion or live in a town nearby, it is important for you to protect your rights. If you are concerned for health, be sure to contact Arnold & Itkin today.