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
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.