Plant and Refinery Accident Statistics

There are more than 141 oil refineries in the United States. Workers at refineries and plants face extremely hazardous, often injury-inducing conditions. Refineries already gain a lot of attention for the environmental havoc they wreak. For example, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by a British Petroleum plant explosion wreaked havoc on the surrounding ecosystem. The media covered the spill for months, and even today people still refer to the BP oil spill as an example of refineries gone wrong. But refineries and plants are also dangerous for the workers who punch in day after day. The EPA records more than 500 oil refinery accidents since 1994 alone. According to law firms like Williams Kherkher, it happens every day. Many argue that the high rate of injury at plants and factories like these is the combination of hazardous materials, tiring labor, and stresses of production rate. Equipment can fail, chemicals can spill, and accidents happen. In plants and refineries, these accidents can cause irreparable damage.

Oil refineries are huge corporations backed by monstrous legal and insurance teams. It can be extremely difficult to navigate a lawsuit alone against such a wall of resources. This is why it’s so important to have support with an attorney or team of attorneys that can help earn the deserved compensation.

It is not strange that the oil refining business is considered one of the most dangerous in the world. There are many chemicals, hazardous equipment, and dangerous environments that must be faced by workers. In fact, since 2012, there have been 28 refinery fires. An explosion in Texas City, Texas killed 15 workers after a cloud of hydrocarbon vapor caught fire and exploded. Another refinery exploded in Anacortes, WA in 2010 due to the failure of a heat exchanger. That explosion led to the injury of 7 workers. Plant and refinery work is dangerous. In fact, there is an entire board, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, that investigates the safety procedures and regulations on plants and refineries because the conditions can be so dangerous.

If you or a loved one was the unfortunate victim of a plant or refinery accident, be sure to make a claim as soon as possible. Waiting too long to file your claim could lead to the loss of compensation. Speak to an attorney regarding the specifics of your case to determine your options and chances at earning compensation. Even if you are doubtful as to the cause of the injury, you should reach out to an attorney. There are many factors that go into work injury cases, and it could be that the working conditions were the cause of the injury. The job is certainly dangerous, so there is no reason not to pursue your rightful payment if you were injured while working in a plant or refinery. There are teams of attorneys ready to help you in winning compensation.

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