What Should Victims Do After A Refinery Explosion?

by Terry Bryant

Thankfully, a refinery explosion doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, the consequences are devastating. Injuries caused by the blast may range from broken bones to severed limbs and, ultimately, loss of life.

More than 300,000 Texans work for oil and gas companies, with roughly half of them in support and administrative roles. The other 50% performs the “dirty” jobs in the oil fields and offshore, in plants and on rigs. The Houston area is the largest refining center in the world, with about a dozen of them, including the two highest-producing plants in the nation.

If you’re one of the 150,000 or so Texans who work in the hands-on part of the oil and gas sector, you already know that your occupation is challenging and dangerous. Every day, you must trust that your company’s mandated procedures will keep you safe. You rely on the machinery around you functioning flawlessly. You can only assume that your co-workers know their job and were trained properly.

All too often, however, lax safety protocols or equipment malfunction result in accidents. Even a small oversight or equipment failure can trigger a refinery explosion. What if it happened to you?

Survivors and family members of victims may want to consider retaining the services of an experienced attorney to help them get their lives back on track after tragedy strikes. Not only should responsible parties be held accountable to discourage future incidents, but those affected by the event deserve, at the very least, financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost time at work, medical bills, loss of quality of life, and, in the event a death occurred, burial costs and loss of companionship.