Our nation thrives on the processing services of companies that handle hazardous chemicals. In a wide variety of industries, processing highly hazardous chemicals can result in a number of dangers, including the unexpected release of toxic, reactive, or flammable gasses and liquids. If proper safety precautions are not taken, these risks can lead to disaster.
As evident by the many unfortunate tragedies that have occurred at industrial processing facilities throughout the United States, the potential for danger is serious and ever-present. Workers in these industries may face risks of plant and refinery explosions, fires, and other types of industrial accidents. Oilfield accidents and toxic or chemical exposure are also significant risks workers face.
As the potential for disaster is so large when hazardous chemicals are present, employers in industries that use them are required to ensure that dangerous materials are properly controlled. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) establishes federal standards to ensure that certain hazardous materials are transported, handled, and used safely. Standards for Process Safety Management cover a wide range of industries, including:
- General industry
- Chemical facilities
- Petroleum refineries and plants
Regardless of the industry, these standards are crucial to ensuring that workers are provided a safe work environment. Some crucial points of PSM include:
- Standards for equipment operation and maintenance requirements, including appropriate action for signs of leaks, corrosion, and other unsafe conditions.
- Standards for following correct operating, safety, and emergency procedures.
- Regulations for mixing, separating, and storing hazardous process materials.
- Employees should be informed and educated about which chemicals are reactive and which chemicals present toxic, fire, or explosive hazards.
- Employers and workers should have an emergency plan for any adverse incident or unusual process condition.
When employers fail to take reasonable measures to adhere to PSM standards and to keep workers safe from preventable harm, they can potentially be held liable for the damages victims suffer. As a Houston personal injury lawyer who has logged countless hours handling serious industrial accident and explosions cases, John Daspit knows precisely how to hold negligent corporations accountable for their failures.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a preventable industrial accident, fire, or explosion you believe may have been caused by safety violations or other negligent reasons, you can turn to the Daspit Law Firm for the support and experienced representation you need. Learn more about your rights and how our firm can help recover the compensation you deserve by requesting a free case evaluation or by calling (713) 364-0915.