Plant operators, dispatchers, and other employees who work at chemical and industrial plants have some of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. Every day, they put themselves at risk knowing that the slightest error could have massive implications. From spills and fires to massive explosions, many plant employees are injured and killed across the U.S. every year - many of them in Texas.
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Safety And Loss Prevention At Industrial Plants
Chemical and industrial plants are bound by certain regulations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, to provide a reasonably safe work environment. This includes taking measures to prevent accidents by identifying potential hazards and mitigating risk. Loss prevention measures can both prevent an accident from occurring as well as lessen the impact should an accident occur.
Industrial plants undergo regular reviews and are cited/fined for any violations. Unfortunately, many plants still operate daily with ongoing safety violations that put employees at serious risk. Employers are responsible for protecting their employees, yet plant accidents are most commonly caused by unsafe practices, unsafe conditions, and other failures.
Inadequate Training And Supervision Of Plant Employees
Some plant accidents are caused by worker error rather than an unsafe condition at the worksite, but even these types of accidents can be the fault of the employer. When an employer fails to adequately train or supervise its employees, it can be held indirectly liable for any accident that occurs as a result of an employee's negligence or incompetence.
Plant Accidents In The U.S.
Plant accidents occur in a variety of industries, such as the defense industry, energy industry, manufacturing industry, and mining industry. Below are some recent plant accidents that have occurred in Texas and throughout the U.S.
DuPont LaPorte Facility Chemical Accident
On November 15, 2015, there was a toxic chemical release at the DuPont Facility in LaPorte, Texas. The release of harmful chemicals killed four workers and injured another.
Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas
On April 17, 2013, a massive explosion occurred at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. There were multiple injuries and fatalities.
Fire and Explosion at US Ink Facility in New Jersey
On October 9, 2012, a fire at the US Ink plant in East Rutherford, New Jersey burned seven workers. An investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board determined that the causes included poor design and failure to test systems.
Fatal Explosion at Titanium Plant
On December 9, 2010 there was a fatal dust explosion at the AL Solutions titanium plant in New Cumberland, West Virginia. Investigators determined that the cause of the incident was the dangerous release of combustible dust.
Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion
On April 5, 2010, a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia resulted in 29 of 31 total workers at the mine site being killed. The company running the plant, Massey Energy, was found liable due to blatant safety regulation violations.
Nuclear Energy Plants In Texas
There are four nuclear reactors in Texas that supply nearly a tenth of the state's electricity. Two of these plants are run by Luminant Power and two are run by STP Nuclear in Glen Rose and Bay City, respectively. Nuclear power plant accidents are some of the most serious plant accidents. Nuclear safety in the U.S. is regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The worst nuclear plant accident to date in our nation's history was the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania.
How A Plant Explosion Lawyer Can Help
Wyatt Law Firm represents victims of Texas plant accidents. If you or someone you love was injured in a serious fire or explosion at an industrial plant, contact one of our San Antonio personal injury attorneys. We take the financial burden off clients by charging no fee unless we win a financial recovery. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.