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Refinery Explosion

Refinery explosions are among the most devastating workplace accidents. The chemicals involved are volatile and the processes are complex, so mistakes can have tragic consequences. The risks faced by refinery workers are well known by the corporations and managers that oversee them. While there are state and federal safety regulations in place to protect workers doing their jobs in these hazardous locations, fires and explosions still occur. Texas refinery explosions cause severe industrial accident injuries, including:

  • Chemical exposure
  • Burns
  • Hearing loss
  • Respiratory and lung injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Vision loss
  • Amputations
  • PTSD
  • Wrongful death

Industrial work is critical to the Texas economy, as it provides jobs for thousands of workers in refineries, chemical plants, and factories across the state. While the jobsites can be dangerous places, injuries can be prevented with proper education, training, safety procedures, and more. When you think about the billions in profits refineries generate each year, you know that the companies running them and profiting off of them have the financial resources to provide safe workplaces; they just choose to put profits over workplace safety.

Instead, oil companies use their virtually unlimited finances to limit their own exposure if someone gets hurt. They will pay a team of high-priced lawyers and insurance adjusters millions of dollars to keep injured workers from getting the financial compensation they deserve. Don’t assume that even a longtime employer will have your best interests at heart.

Common Causes of Oil Refinery Accidents

While any one worker’s negligence can lead to a fire, injury, explosion, or worse, there are some common causes of refinery incidents we’ve seen across the cases we’ve worked on, including:

  • Low quality or impure chemicals
  • Improper storage of chemicals
  • Electrical problems
  • Failure to conduct proper maintenance of industrial equipment
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • Safety violations
  • Failure to properly train workers
  • Human error

The causes of industrial explosions are generally preventable, which makes them even more tragic. While it can be difficult to determine a cause and it often takes months to investigate, a refinery explosion is usually the result of multiple factors. When employer and/or operator negligence is involved, it can lead to widespread, catastrophic damage to those in the refinery and often those in surrounding areas.

Houston Refinery Explosion Lawyers

If you or a loved one was injured in a refinery explosion, a chemical plant accident, or any other industrial accident, the experienced trial lawyers of Dax F. Garza, P.C. can help. We know that an accidental injury or death can be devastating, both emotionally and financially, so our firm is always willing to take your case for trial or help you get the final settlement you need. We have handled workplace accident and injury claims for over 20 years in Houston, across Texas, and around the country. Let us put our skills to work for your family and help you get the financial compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and mental recovery. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.

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