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What Causes Plant Explosions and Other Industrial Accidents?

There are a variety of factors that can directly cause or contribute to industrial accidents. Unfortunately, most of these accidents could have been avoided had the proper precautions been taken. There are many federal and state agencies that regulate these plants, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only are these organizations supposed to conduct regular inspections of these factories to ensure that they are up to code, but they also investigate sites after accidents have occurred to uncover the root cause. The causes of plant explosions will vary greatly depending on the type of plant. Say, for example, that it was a chemical plant that exploded. Improper storage of chemicals could be a cause of explosion, such as rusted pipes, over-exposure to heat, etc.

At the root, many causes of plant explosions boil down to human error. Did a supervisor fail to monitor their employees? Was a pipe repaired improperly? Even the smallest act of carelessness or inattention can result in an accident of catastrophic proportions. Most of the time, plant accidents seriously injury and kill people. Human error is often the unforgivable sin when it comes to the industrial arena. An investigation post-accident can reveal the true cause of an accident, and thereby pinpoint who is liable. In 2010, the Department of Labor reported that there were nearly 5,000 fatal accidents at the workplace, more than 300 of those came from the manufacturing industry. Even more people are injured annually. The DOL reports that nearly 3 million people are injured in workplace accidents each year. The ramifications of plant explosions are often more far-reaching than even just the workers. Countless individuals suffer exposure to harmful chemicals and even have their homes destroyed by deadly plant explosions.

How Can Stern Law Group Help Me?

Were you or a loved one injured because of a plant explosion or other serious industrial accident? The Houston attorneys at Stern Law Group would like to hear about your case. We are ready and prepared to investigate your case to counsel you on the best recourse after a serious event such as this. We never shy away from complex cases such as this, and won't back down even when faced against large corporations and industrial plant companies. Our firm has helped over 40,000 clients with their personal injury claims and has secured over $1 billion in settlements & verdicts on behalf of our clients. Let us be of assistance to you. Together, we help clients hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions so that justice is served.