Public Safety and Plant Explosions

Last updated on: June 11, 2015


On April 17, 2013, a massive fire and explosion tore through a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killing 15 people, including 10 volunteer firefighters, and injuring another 200.  The massive explosion, fueled by 30 or more tons of explosive ammonium nitrate, ripped through the plant building and destroyed the surrounding area.  Three schools, a nursing home, and 37 civil blocks were demolished in the wake of the explosion.  The accident prompted a large scale federal investigation and brought to light the potential public safety concerns of plant explosions.  

Plant Accidents Can Impact Us All

Plant accidents will affect more than just the people working there.  Those living in the vicinity of the plant are at considerable risk should any leak or accident occur.  While large scale plant explosions are the most dangerous accidents to potentially harm the residents of the community, air and water pollution are other negative impacts.  

All residents living within the area of an industrial plant should inform themselves as to the risks involved in living near these plants and know your rights in the event that negligence occurring at the plant damages your home or injures your family.  

Plant Accidents are Often the Result of Poor Maintenance

One of the primary causes of plant accidents is poor maintenance.  The chemicals produced and used within an industrial plant are often highly flammable and dangerous, requiring the owners and workers in the plants to operate with the utmost of caution.  All industrial plants must properly maintain their plants in safe working order so as to prevent deadly accidents.  

Chemical and industrial plants use a wide range of equipment, including boilers, cooling towers, tanks, pumps, and much more.  All of these tools require detailed and attentive maintenance and replacement when they become worn.  Failure to maintain parts in accordance with federal and state regulations can lead to dangerous accidents due to the chemicals used at these large plants.  

While the employees of an industrial plant are expected to inspect and replace worn equipment, it is the superiors on site and, ultimately, the heads of the company that are responsible for training their employees to comply with federal and company safety policies.  The plant supervisors are charged with enforcing rules and regulations and can be cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if they fail to perform necessary duties.

In the event of a plant explosion that harms the neighboring community, the plant itself may be held accountable for the damage that ensues.  Negligent plant owners may be liable for damage to homes, businesses, and more, along with any injuries or deaths that result.  

Contact Zinda Law Group Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation  

Industrial plants have a legal duty to ensure their plants are maintained in a safe condition, so as to prevent damage or injuries to those in the surrounding area.  When a plant explodes, the employees, as well as the public surrounding it, are at grave risk of injury or property damage.  If you have been involved in a plant accident, 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 compassionate 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 your plant accident is time sensitive.  Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to start on your path to a full recovery.