We may not hear about explosions in the workplace occurring every day, but when it does happen, it leaves a lasting impact on the entire community, and even onlookers far removed from the incident. An explosion in the workplace is an all-too-common fear for many employees, especially industrial workers who take on the risk of injury and possibly even death.
These occupations are considered to be the highest-risk for injuries from explosions:
- Chemical plants
- Oil and gas industry
One study from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), indicates an approximate 5, 000 workers are injured on the job every year. Of those injured, at least 120 were killed by an explosion, according to a study from the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
TYPES OF INJURIES FROM WORKPLACE EXPLOSIONS
All it takes is one spark to come into contact with flammable liquid or gas to begin a fire. Fire travels quickly, it is important that areas containing products or equipment that could explode, be clearly marked and labeled. Furthermore, employees must be given proper training to handle the products properly or defer to a supervisor or more experienced coworker for assistance.
Explosions can cause any number of life-threatening and devastating injuries. One of the most common of these are burn injuries. Burn injuries are one of the most painful types of injuries, and can leave victims scarred and disfigured. Explosion blasts can also cause head injuries, blunt force trauma, internal bleeding, and hurl workers onto walls or equipment.
As we have determined, explosion accidents, while rare, can cause a whole host of catastrophic injuries and even death for many employees in the industrial sector. We urge you to seek legal representation if you, a family member, or a loved one has had their lives disrupted by a work explosion. You deserve justice for the devastation caused and our experienced attorneys are prepared to provide you with the attentive legal support you need to get through this difficult time.
We are committed to finding maximum recovery and justice for your case. If your family has been affected by an explosion accident, contact Glenda Cochran Associates Attorneys At Law today for a consult!