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What Accidents Can Occur at a Refinery or Plant?

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Nov-2014

Plants and refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work. There are several types of plants, including power plants, chemical plants, and oil refineries. While each type of plant is dangerous, they all present their own specific risks and hazards that workers must be aware of and protect themselves against. Below are some of the most common types of accidents that occur at plants and refineries.

Common Plant & Refinery Accidents

Chemical Plant Accidents – Working in a chemical plant comes with many inherent risks due to the volatility of the chemicals that are being produced. Even so, many of the injuries that occur in chemical plants could be easily avoided if workers practiced caution and followed proper safety protocols.

Oil Refinery Accidents – Oil refineries are industrial process plants that refine crude oil into other products. Because of the technology used in oil refineries, they can be thought of as a type of chemical plant in many ways. Heating is used to refine the crude oil, so accidents that result from overheating are a common occurrence. Other accidents can be cause by defective or malfunctioning equipment.

Explosions – Plants and refineries are particularly dangerous due to the high volume of flammable and combustible materials inside the plant. If workers do not follow the proper safety protocols, catastrophic explosions could happen at any moment. While following proper safety call is of the utmost importance, it is also crucial that management and employees properly maintain and update the equipment in the plant. Many past explosions could have been avoidable had worn-down or outdated equipment been maintained or upgraded.

Fires – While explosions are typically more catastrophic, fires can often be isolated events that do not necessarily cause an explosion. Again, because of the nature of plants and refineries and the flammable materials they contain, fires can erupt if the materials are not handled with care.

Getting Help

If you were injured in a chemical plant or oil refinery accident, it is advisable that you speak with an accident attorney as soon as possible. While it is true that not all dangers can be engineered out of plants and refineries, the fact is that an alarming amount of accidents are caused by human error or negligence. Often, that negligence may not be immediately clear, but an experienced accident attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident that resulted in your injuries. Contact our industrial accident attorneys today to learn how we can help you.

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