Chemical Explosion Accidents Are A Result Of Negligence

by Terry Bryant

If you work in one of the Houston area’s many refineries or chemical plants, you face the risk of a chemical explosion on a daily basis. You trust that your employer has safety procedures in place that ensure your wellbeing, that you and your co-workers are equipped with the skills and training needed to perform your jobs safely, and that the equipment that surrounds you is inspected regularly and maintained properly.

However, what if these measures aren’t taken? A chemical explosion happens more often than one would think, and the consequences can be devastating. A tiny leak can lead to the explosion of a storage tank; a miniscule spark can ignite combustible gases; contact with oxygen alone can lead to a violent chemical reaction. Due to the ferocious nature of these events, fatalities are common and injuries severe, often ranging from hearing loss to severed limbs, and worse. Mental health problems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may also occur. The injuries sustained are frequently life-altering and long-term, perhaps even permanent.

These accidents are the result of negligence—a company’s failure to enforce safety regulations, equipment malfunction, inattention, or a lapse in maintenance. Many of them are completely preventable if proper safety measures are taken.

If you become the victim of a blast that could have been avoided, you may want to consider discussing your options with a personal injury attorney to protect your rights. The lawyer will examine the evidence and advise you whether or not you have grounds to seek damages to help cover medical bills, loss of income and more.