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The Common Causes of Plant Explosions

Chemicals have become part of our modern world, used to create a variety of objects, power equipment, and perform vital functions.  While the use of chemicals has come to be accepted by most, it is the unfortunate reality that these chemicals can lead to dangerous explosions and innocent community members may be the ones to pay the price.  While nearly any workplace is at risk for chemical explosion, the hazard is by far the greatest at chemical or industrial plants, such as refineries.  Through the use and creation of chemicals, the build up of heat, and the reactions that can occur when heat and chemicals combine, massive explosions may occur.  This can result in serious plant explosion injuries, including third degree burns, lung damage, and disfigurement, along with severe property damage that may have an ongoing affect on the community for years.  

What Causes a Plant Explosion to Occur?

There are many different situations that can lead to a plant explosion, but some have been found to occur more often than others.  For instance, minor fires that quickly spread beyond control can cause large explosions.  In other cases, natural disasters such as lightening storms or earthquakes can trigger explosions.  In the majority of plant explosions, negligence on the part of the plant owners and supervisors has been found to have played a role in the accident.  

Some of the most common causes for plant explosions include:

  • Improper maintenance of machinery;
  • Malfunctioning or dangerous equipment;
  • Corrosion that is not detected or addressed;
  • Careless smoking of cigarettes while on the premises;
  • Boilers that are not maintained properly;
  • Use of dirty or impure chemicals;
  • Failure to property train employees; and
  • Failure of supervisors to ensure that employees are complying with federal safety regulations.

Other common causes may include unsafe procedures, violations of OSHA safety regulations, well blowouts, and poor labeling of parts or chemicals.  All of the above are generally preventable, making plant explosions that injure or kill citizens all the more tragic.  

If you have been injured in a plant explosion or experienced property damage, you should consult with a licensed industrial accident attorney as soon as possible.  Texas has been the site of several major plant explosions, many of which have been traced to negligence, including major safety violations.  Your attorney will assist you in filing an action against the negligent parties responsible for the catastrophic explosion.  You may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and much more.  Your action can also help to prompt increased safety measures in plants nationwide so that others do not become the victims of plant explosions in the future.  

Contact Zinda Law Group Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation  

When plant explosions occur, the entire community is at grave risk.  Homes may be lost, families killed, many injured, and entire towns destroyed.  Texas is home to a number of chemical and industrial plants, putting the entire state at risk of dangerous explosions.  If you have been injured or experienced property damage due to a plant explosion, the Texas Plant Explosion Attorneys at Zinda Law Group are here to help.  Our experienced attorneys offer the skilled assistance you need to obtain your maximum compensation.  Our talented attorney team offers a free consultation to new clients and has several convenient office locations in Austin and across Texas.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as your right to file a claim following any plant explosion is time sensitive.  Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to start on your path to a full recovery.