The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries indicates that 122 workers are killed annually by fire and/or explosion at the workplace (data from 2012). Certain workplaces are more prone to explosions than others. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes the following workplaces as the most common venues for explosions -
- Plants (chemical, manufacturing, etc.)
- Oilfields ( fracking sites, pipelines, etc.)
- Construction sites
If you or someone you love was involved in a workplace explosion, contact a San Antonio personal injury lawyer at Wyatt Law Firm for a free review of your case.
Causes of Occupational Explosions
There are a variety of factors that can lead to explosions at the workplace, but some of the most common include -
For chemical plants in particular, chemicals must be contained in a way that prevents oxidation. When chemicals are exposed, they can heat up and produce gas that can easily ignite and cause an explosion.
An electrical explosion can occur because of an arc flash, a high current fault caused by a type of short circuit. These types of explosions are common at electrical plants and construction sites.
Failing to Contain Hazardous Materials
If hazardous materials are not contained per OSHA standards, they can oxidize or ignite and cause an explosion.
Employer's Responsibility To Set Up Emergency Preparedness
According to OSHA, employers in certain industries are required to set up emergency preparedness systems. Without these, the ramification of explosion incidents can be much worse. Emergency preparedness planning can include things like system shutdown and evacuation procedures.
Burn Injuries, Chemical Exposure And Smoke Inhalation
Workers that survive explosions often suffer from serious burn injuries, chemical exposure, smoke inhalation and other injuries. The extent of the injuries differs by type and severity of the explosion. Wyatt Law Firm's personal injury lawyers fight for victims of explosions to recover compensation for:
- Compensation to cover initial and ongoing treatment for burn injuries, chemical exposure, smoke inhalation, etc.
- Lost wage compensation to cover the wages lost due to time taken off work to recover from injuries
- Loss of future earning capacity in cases where the employee can no longer return to work
- Loss of support compensation to assist families who no longer have the financial support of the plaintiff
- Loss of enjoyment of life compensation due to impaired quality of life caused by the explosion
To learn more about areas of compensation that may be available to you, contact our firm.
Contact Our Injury Lawyers
If you were injured in a workplace explosion or your loved one was killed in this type of occupational accident, we invite you to contact our team of San Antonio personal injury attorneys today. We advocate for victims of explosions so they can recover the financial compensation they deserve. Wyatt Law Firm charges no fee unless we secure a recovery on your behalf. We encourage those affected by explosions to contact us as soon as possible, as the employer's insurance has likely already begun building a case in their defense.