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Unseen Corrosion

Plant Explosion Attorney Investigates Corrosion

When metal is slowly worn down during a gradual process, corrosion has taken effect. Metal naturally reacts to its environment, inevitably causing wear and tear on the metal, which will begin to show over time. When metal is exposed to the environment that is typical of oil refinery plants, it will begin to oxidize; this is the natural reaction that occurs when metal is exposed to oxygen. Unfortunately, this type of oxidation is not always easily visible. While some forms of corrosion can be easily spotted by discoloration, unseen corrosion is difficult to notice even by well-trained machine inspectors. Some corrosion occurs in hard-to-see areas that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. In fact, it can easily be hidden away in a crevice that would be difficult to see no matter how acutely trained your eye might be.

Although the natural process of corrosion cannot be avoided altogether, it can be protected against. For example, coating machinery is an easy way to prevent corrosion from occurring. Whether paint, enamel, or plating is used to complete the coating, the act will be sufficient in protecting the machinery against the harmful effects of corrosion. Advanced forms of coating have also been developed to help protect against the wearing of metal that is caused by corrosion. Anti-corrosion treatment has become so advanced, in fact, that some forms are capable of electrically deterring the effects of corrosion from ever beginning. Applying any one of these anti-corrosion formulas to plant machinery can effectively protect metal that is exposed to oxygen within a refinery. For safe measure, however, trained inspectors should still be utilized. Chipping paint and fading enamel can slowly lose their protective effects if left untreated for too long.

How can you tell if your machinery is wearing away?

Corrosion is a natural process that can occur in many different circumstances—particularly those that involve exposure to oxygen on a plant refinery. It is a distinct hazard here because of the nature of the work that is being completed. In order to complete the process of refining crude oil, these plants utilize extreme heat. High temperatures aid in the fractional distillation that is necessary to complete the process of refining oil. Unfortunately, this process naturally creates corrosion, most of which cannot be seen by the common eye.

Unseen corrosion has been described as a silent killer. Its dangers are so easily unnoticed that it can be missed even when machines have been thoroughly inspected. Easy to overlook, corrosion can remain in machinery, getting worse with each passing use. As the equipment becomes more worn away, it becomes increasingly more dangerous to use; however, unbeknownst to the workers who are utilizing the machinery, the equipment continues to get much more use than is safe. Indicators such as chipping paint and wearing enamel are good ways of discerning that corrosion has begun.

Injuries Caused by Unseen Corrosion

Many of the plant explosions, machine accidents, and catastrophic injuries that occur on the site of an oil refinery plant are the result of unseen corrosion. Exposed to a corrosive environment day in and day out, the safety valves on machines can begin to malfunction, or even stop working altogether. If you were injured in a plant explosion, you should waste no time in securing an industrial accident lawyer from Arnold & Itkin LLP who can evaluate your case.

Plant explosions have claimed the lives of too many individuals and many more have been critically injured. If you were the victim of a plant explosion injury, Arnold & Itkin LLP can help. As leading personal injury attorneys, we have successfully recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients in compensation. We know how to effectively build a case against negligent employers and other entities that could be responsible for the accident that caused your injury.

Unseen corrosion is classified as a dangerous work environment, thus entitling workers of such environments to legal compensation for any type of injury that was sustained during an on-the-job accident. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we know the right moves to take after a plant explosion that has injured you or a loved one, and we are ready to get to work immediately. Our legal services are provided completely free of charge, with absolutely no upfront fees, until we have successfully settled the case in your favor. We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more.

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