Living Near an Industrial Plant
Those working on the site of a chemical plant are not always the only people
affected by an
industrial accident. Living in near vicinity to a plant can pose various risks in the event
that an accident or leak occurs. While the most dangerous of these accidents
is a full-blown
plant explosion, other accidents can be harmful to residents of the community, such as
water contamination and air pollution. The best thing for residents to
do is inform themselves on the risks involved with living near an industrial
plant and know their rights if on-site negligence results in injuries
and damage to the community.
Chemical Industry & Public Safety
As the chemical industry began to grow in the mid-1900s, concern about
the sacrifice of public safety caused many to evaluate the costs of expanding
Exposure to the chemicals has been known to:
- Increase the risk of developing cancer;
- Heighten the number of birth defects in community residents; and
- Place residents at the risk of danger in the event of an explosive accident.
Environmental agencies claim that simply living near a chemical plant puts
individuals at risk of contamination and disease exposure. While efforts
for promoting a clean chemical industry are always being improved, the
risks remain as long as humans are charged with operating the machinery
on the plants. Equipment malfunction and human error due to poor training
can quickly lead to a chemical spill that contaminates natural resources
relied upon by the community.
One obvious risk to the area surrounding a chemical plant at-large is the
risk of plant explosion. Poor maintenance of equipment or the negligence
of one worker can set off an unintended catalyst for a chemical reaction
of epic proportions. The public has no way of being informed of such a
disaster and most occur with absolutely no forewarning.
In seconds, the entire community can experience devastation.
Plant explosion injuries can include but are not limited to severe chemical and fire
burns, acoustic trauma, and internal organ damage which can be very severe (and
even fatal) in some cases. Medical treatment for such injuries requires
specialized medicine and high intensity care, the costs of which can quickly
pile up. Furthermore, the
property damage of a plant explosion can transform one's living situation catastrophically.
Destruction of private homes and the interruption of business can have
negative financial impacts on the community as a whole and the lives of
residents as individuals.
Were you injured by an industrial accident?
If you live near an industrial plant, you should know that your well-being
is a priority for federal and state authorities. In the interest of those
at risk of chemical exposure and industrial injuries, Congress has passed
numerous bills on maintaining a clean industry, promoting
chemical plant safety, and building effective accident prevention plans. Furthermore, industrial
operators are held to extremely high standards in the form of safety regulations
to ensure that their work and product does not cause undue harm to innocent
members of the surrounding community.
If any of these protocols are compromised and an accident causes damage
to private individuals, the company will be held responsible for their
plant's failure. You deserve to be fought for by
industrial injury lawyers who understand the complex laws and regulations behind the chemical industry
and the elements for pursuing action following a plant explosion. At Arnold
& Itkin LLP, our legal professionals have extensive experience representing
those injured in a plant explosion, whether they be plant workers or members
of the community surrounding the industrial plant.
Contact a plant explosion lawyer at our firm to learn more about how we can help you claim compensation
for your losses.