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Violent and Deadly Workplace Explosions

February 3, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Workplace explosions and fires can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. When employers do not follow proper safety procedures, they can be held responsible for negligence. Victims are entitled to financial compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering.

Causes of Workplace Explosions

Last year, in Houston, Texas, an explosion at the Enterprise Products Partners natural gas liquids and petrochemical complex left one worker dead. The victim was a maintenance worker at the facility. The cause of the explosion is still undetermined, and the investigation may continue for up to six months. The Enterprise explosion brought to mind the 2005 BP refinery explosion in Texas City, Texas, that killed 15 people and injured 170 others. It was the worst workplace accident in the United States since 1989. A subsequent investigation showed that BP failed to protect the health and safety of its workers, despite making a profit of $19 billion the previous year.

Workers in the BP refinery reported feeling that the plant was unsafe and that the equipment was not working properly. Over two years before the explosion, BP officials were warned of a “major site incident.” A number of factors can contribute to workplace explosions, including:

  • Electrical fires
  • Industrial plant accidents
  • Over-pressurized boilers
  • Petrochemical and refinery accidents

Injuries from an explosion can be long-term and costly in addition to the physical pain and suffering.

Do you work in an industry prone to a workplace explosion?
Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury attorneys