Negligent Safety Practices
As more information regarding the West, Texas tragedy starts to unfold, the safety practices of West Fertilizer Co are coming into question. According to Reuters, the facility was the storage site of 270 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which is a highly explosive material. As an important safety precaution, this it must be reported to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when a plant possesses 400 pounds or more of the substance. It is now known that the Texas Dept. of State Health Services was aware of the dangerous chemical but did not alert the DHS. This is 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate calls for safety oversight by the DHS. Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS. Rep. Bennie Thompson, (D-MS), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security stated, "This facility was known to have chemicals well above the threshold amount to be regulated under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act (CFATS), yet we understand that DHS did not even know the plant existed until it blew up." Another question lingering in many people’s minds is the precarious layout of the city, in which schools and many homes were built in very close proximity to the fertilizer plant. According to one resident of West, she hears many people asking why the local high school and intermediate school were built so close to a potentially dangerous chemical plant. "Looking back at that”, she says, “it probably wasn't so smart. No one ever dreamed it would be a tragedy like this." The Associated Press reports that the explosion killed at least 14 people and injured 200. Many survivors have been dealt with severe damages and injuries, some have even lost everything but, overwhelmingly they consider themselves lucky to simply be alive. On Sunday, survivors of the blast gathered to remember those whose lives had been lost and to express gratitude for still being alive.
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As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.
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