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 killed, over 250 injured, and more than $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.
Industrial plants often contain highly flammable and hazardous chemicals that can cause fatal explosions. If employees are not adequately trained or do not have the proper equipment to handle these hazardous materials, fires or explosions will result. Industrial workers can prevent liquid and gas accidents by having proper storage for flammable liquids, control over all ignition sources, and access to the protective equipment required for storage.
Equipment & Machinery
Defective equipment and machinery can also cause major industrial fires and explosions. For example, overheated equipment or improperly installed or maintained machinery can become a fire hazard. If these types of machinery create 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 to remain in the best possible condition. This will help prevent overheating and reduce the risk of fires and explosions overall.
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 generate a spark, which can ignite flammable liquid or gas. Electrical accidents can be prevented by immediately addressing all potential problem areas and training employees on how to prevent these hazards from occurring.
Industrial Fires & Explosion Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured during an industrial accident, 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 cases. Our attorneys understand how difficult it can be after an industrial accident. That's why we help our clients throughout the process and can help you fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
Contact our industrial fire and explosion attorneys today for a free review of your case.