Plant, Refinery & Industrial Accidents

Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to assist workers injured at plants and refineries. Please click here for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights before they are jeopardized by an employer or insurance company.

Plants and refineries and the workers that run them are vital to the American way of life, and to the global economy. Without these industrial facilities, society would be without the everyday products we take for granted. The plants and refineries in this country produce a wide variety of products, including petroleum products such as ethylene, diesel, gasoline, and liquefied natural gas (LNG); chemicals; plastics; consumer products and electronics; cars and trucks; foods; sugars; and metals.

The Environment of Industrial Plants and Refineries

Although they can be dangerous places, injuries can be prevented at plants and refineries. With the proper education, training, safety procedures, checks and balances, and communication, accidents that cause injuries can and should be avoided. This is particularly true when one considers the billions and billions in profits that plants and refineries make each year. Despite record profits, some plants are poorly managed and cut corners on safety.

One thing that makes plants and refineries dangerous is the beehive of activity that occurs at them. At any point in time, there are often thousands of workers and contractors at a particular plant or refinery. Unfortunately, even in the best managed facilities, it just takes one dangerous condition or one person failing to follow the law, or failing to abide by company regulations, or simply not paying attention for a serious accident to occur. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all workers are qualified and properly trained, and that they understand the task at hand, but that is unfortunately not always the case. Moreover, sometimes there are workers onsite who are not as familiar with the plant’s systems as others. This could be because they are new workers, temporary workers, or contract workers. Oftentimes, companies fail to properly educate and train these workers, which puts everyone at risk.

Additionally, the type of work being carried out at plants and refineries can make them dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. Plants and refineries are mechanically complex, often involve hazardous substances, and often involve heavy machinery. In short, there is a lot that can go wrong, and when it does, the consequences are often deadly. When hazardous materials or procedures are involved, companies have a heightened responsibility to safeguard against accidents and explosions.

Getting Help: Attorneys with Experience to Handle Your Case

It goes without saying that plant and refinery accidents can be catastrophic and wide-scale. For example, when Nick Morrow and John D. Sheppard were at Fulbright & Jaworski, the firm defended and resolved many lawsuits arising from the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery that injured more than 170 people and killed 15 others. As another example, in 2008, thirteen people were killed and 42 were injured in a dust explosion that occurred at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia. In 2013, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded, killing 14 people and injuring 160 more.

If you or a loved one has been injured while working at a plant or refinery, the Houston plant explosion lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.

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