In industrial plants and refineries, turnarounds are a term used for the
process of taking the entire unit offline for a period of time while a
revamp or renewal is performed. Turnarounds are sometimes called shutdowns
or outages and can refer to a number of different projects such as, debottlenecking,
inspection and testing, or revamps.
Turnarounds are expensive in terms of labor costs, equipment, and lost
production during the downtime, but they are vital to maintaining and
updating the plant’s equipment. Delays in turnarounds can lead to
long-term safety problems that put workers at risk.
While turnarounds are necessary to maintain the overall safety of the plant,
the process itself can be volatile. If not performed properly and under
close supervision, severe accidents can occur that have the potential
to greatly injure workers.
Common Injuries Suffered in Turnaround Accidents
Turnarounds are a large, complex process with multiple steps that can lead
to an accident if not performed correctly. Because they can be inherently
unpredictable, the types of accidents can vary widely.
Some common injuries suffered in turnaround accidents include:
- Neck or back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Blunt force trauma injuries
What To Do If You Have Been Injured in a Turnaround Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured during a turnaround or shutdown
at a plant or refinery, you should consult with an experienced plant and
refinery accident attorney as soon as possible. Turnarounds can be extremely
complex since there are typically multiple parties, trades and chains
of command involved in the process. Because of those complexities, it
is important that you consult with an attorney that has the experience
and technical knowledge to fully analyze and evaluate the turnaround process
in order to identify actions that may have led to the accident.
Our firm has represented workers from the largest plants and refineries
in the country and successfully
recovered over $11 million dollars for a client who was injured in a turnaround accident.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.