Chemical plant and refinery mishaps are some of the most dangerous workplace accidents in the nation. In 2012, an 8" pipe filled with hot materials leaked, starting a fire. Thousands of people were treated for injuries. In 2005, a BP refinery in Texas City exploded, leading to 170 injuries, 15 deaths, and $1.6 billion in potential lawsuit payouts.
Last week, Baytown experienced a refinery accident scare of its own when a unit at the ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant malfunctioned and sent a large rumble through the local community. No injuries were reported, but the incident is a reminder for refinery workers and owners to always make safety their priority.
Oil refinery employees are subjected to a broad spectrum of workplace hazards every day. Arguably, explosions are one of the most dangerous types of workplace accidents. Sometimes, these accidents seem unavoidable; other times, they are the direct result of employee or employee negligence. Learn more about plant accidents and personal injury lawsuits here.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (USCS) spent considerable time investigating these types of accidents, and reports that better technology could prevent future accidents. On the other hand, the USCS warns, if employers fail to enforce proper safety, new technology cannot prevent more devastating explosions.
If you suffered an injury or the death of a loved one in a dangerous chemical plant explosion, you have the right to file a lawsuit and fight for compensation. At The Daspit Law Firm, our team is committed to helping clients recover the funds that they deserve and need.
All too often, accident victims are steamrolled by insurance companies determined to minimize or deny their claims. Don't let this happen to you. Hire us to fight for the compensation you deserve.