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Malfunctioning Equipment

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 disasters.

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.

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