Chemical Plant Safety
Have you suffered a serious injury because an employer or coworker failed
to adhere to chemical plant safety guidelines? Talk to an attorney from
Arnold & Itkin today. We have experience working a wide variety of
industrial accident cases. Whether you've suffered a burn injury or
post-traumatic stress disorder because of your accident, a plant explosion
attorney from our firm can help you pursue the financial compensation
you need and deserve.
Understanding Safety Regulations
According to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA),
toxic, reactive, and flammable substances (liquids and gases) may result
in catastrophic injuries and accidents. It doesn't matter what type
of industry is using the chemicals—they still pose a threat to worker
safety and well-being. Generally speaking, these substances become dangerous
when they are released. When a substance is released, it may cause and
explosion. Because of this danger, OSHA has created specific safety guidelines
that must be followed by chemical plant employers and employees.
Although safety regulations are used primarily to keep employees from suffering
serious injuries, they serve other purposes, too. For example, employees
will feel valued by their employers when they know that their safety is
important. Additionally, safety procedures make sure that chemical plant
workers are able to return to work the next day. Without a chemical plant,
workers would not be able to collect pay checks or continue work. Safety
procedures help companies stay productive by avoiding accident-related
shut downs and other unnecessary interruptions.
The Most Important Safety Guideline
According to OSHA, employee training is the most effective way to keep
Ignorance can easily lead to a deadly accident. Because of this, employers
are responsible to provide initial training for new employees. If an employer
fails to properly train new workers, he/she may be held liable for any
accidents and injuries caused by the new employees. Employees should have
a clear understanding of the operating procedures of the plant. Additionally,
the training must emphasize employee safety and safety operating procedures.
According to OSHA, all training must include information regarding emergency
procedures and health hazards related to the work.
After the employer has provided initial training, refresher training must
be offered every three years. If the employer believes that refresher
training is necessary before the three years is up, he/she may require
employees to participate sooner. Refresher training is designed to help
employees remember the safety procedures related to their job and to make
sure that they understand and are practicing all of the proper safety
procedures related to their jobs. Your employer is responsible to make
sure that refresher training is given. During training, you employer should
keep a written record indicating the date of the training, that you participated,
and that you understood the training.
According to OSHA, one of the most important parts of safety management
is investigation. When a dangerous incident occurs at a chemical plant,
it is imperative that your employer investigates into the specifics of
Investigations should be started within 48 hours of the initial procedure
and should include the following:
- When the incident occurred
- When the investigation began
- Details regarding the incident
- What contributed to the incident
- What should be changed to avoid future problems
Contact Arnold & Itkin for Immediate Help
If you have been hurt in a chemical plant explosion because your employer
failed to follow safety procedures, you may be entitled to money. At the
firm, we have vast experience working with accident victims. If you or
a loved one has been hurt, call our office today. When you
contact us, we can help you understand your legal circumstances, rights, and options.
Call today and see what a
plant explosion attorney from Arnold & Itkin can do for you.