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Major Causes of Industrial Fires & Explosions

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 10-Aug-2018

According to the National Fire Association (NFPA), an average of 37,000 fires occur in industrial and manufacturing properties every year—with an average of 16 death, over 250 injured, and over $1 billion in property damage. These incidents occur frequently for many different reasons, however, most of them lead back to employer negligence. Below are some of the most common causes of industrial fires and explosions.

Highly Flammable Chemicals

Industrial plants often contain highly flammable and hazardous chemicals that can cause fatal explosions and fires. If employees are not adequately trained or do not have the proper equipment to handle these hazardous materials, fires or explosions can occur. Industrial workers can prevent liquid and gas accidents by storing flammable liquids properly, controlling all ignition sources, and using all protective equipment required.

Equipment & Machinery

Defective equipment and machinery can also cause major industry fires and explosions. Overheated equipment or improperly installed or maintained machinery can become a fire hazard. If these types of machinery are causing major friction, then even a tiny spark can cause a fire. Even the machinery you least expect can cause ignitions—this is why it is vital for employers to maintain equipment in the best possible conditions. This will help prevent overheating and overall reduce the risk of fires and explosions.

Electrical Hazards

According to NFPA, electrical hazards are the leading cause of industrial fires and explosions. Electrical fires and explosions can result from exposed wiring, static discharge, overloaded circuits/outlets, or extension cords. Any of these hazards can cause a spark, which can lead to an ignition with a flammable liquid or gas. Electrical accidents can be prevented by training personnel on how to prevent these hazards from occurring and constantly looking out for them.

Industrial Fires & Explosion Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been injured during an industrial fire or explosion, it is vital to contact an industrial accident attorney as quickly as possible. Arnold & Itkin attorneys have helped hundreds of injured workers reach the best possible results for their case. Our attorneys understand how difficult the time can be after an industrial accident, that is why we will help you throughout the process and can help you receive the compensation you can your family deserves.

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