One of the Leading Causes of Plant Explosions
Oil refineries and plants rely heavily upon the use of complicated equipment
to complete the duties of such work. The heavy machinery that is often
involved in the work of an oil plant employee can be difficult to operate,
whether or not it is in good working condition. Consider the fact that
some of these machines might have been made defectively or neglected of
the maintenance required of them—and you could have a serious problem
on your hands.
Grand in scale, oil refineries are some of the largest of all plants; as
such, they house some of the most extensive sets of equipment. From the
machinery needed in desalter units to the machinery required during the
alkylation process, and so much more, any number of problems could arise
as these pieces of equipment are utilized day in and day out. In fact,
it is the large size of refineries, and the many divisions of oil plants,
that make it more plausible for an explosion to occur due to unforeseen
problems. Minor issues can easily go unnoticed when lost in the hubbub
of everyday operations.
Industrial Injury Lawyer Explains OSHA Standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a division
of the United States Department of Labor. Specific to its practice is
OSHA's standardization and subsequent enforcement of the safety regulations
that are meant to be followed by employers of every field of work throughout
the U.S. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Act, it is
the responsibility of employers to ensure that safe and healthful workplaces
are provided to the employees who work for them. As such, it is OSHA's
mission to ensure that these standards are carefully enforced.
Understanding the purpose of OSHA is an important aspect of taking legal
action after being victimized in a
plant explosion or oil refinery fire. If it can be proven that your employer was not dutifully
following the rules and regulations expected of them, a claim can be made
that faults your employer for the explosion that resulted. Specifically,
employers are required to maintain the function of the equipment that
is utilized by their employees, thus protecting their safety in the process.
When this expectation is not met, there is cause for concern.
Past refinery accidents and plant explosions that have been investigated
by officials at OSHA have unearthed unsettling findings. Namely that many
of the disasters to occur on plants were the direct result of malfunctioning
equipment. Unsafe working conditions are significantly intensified when
the machinery being used on a plant is not up to safety standards. In
fact, defective and / or malfunctioning equipment has been cited as a
leading cause of plant explosions.
How Arnold & Itkin LLP Can Help
The best way to pursue a claim or lawsuit that is related to malfunctioning
plant equipment is under the direction of an
industrial injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP. As experienced legal professionals with ample
instances of success, we know how to effectively tackle cases of this
nature. Furthermore, we have done so for a number of past clients, for
cases of plant explosions as well as many other instances of industrial
At our firm, you will be under the representation of a qualified professional
whose legal prowess will be provided to you completely free of upfront
charges. Committed to securing compensation for the victims that we represent,
we are unwilling to accept payment for our legal services until we have
secured a favorable settlement on their behalf. If, for some reason, the
case cannot be settled successfully, we won't charge you a dime for our time.
We urge you to contact a lawyer at our office today to learn more about
our firm and how we can be of help.