Work-Related Injuries

An accident is often a painful and traumatizing experience. Many accidents can cause physical, emotional, and psychological harm to the victim, as well as financial problems due to the unexpected costs of medical treatment in the event of an injury. The victim’s financial problems can worsen if the injury he or she sustains is severe or permanent, as the type of treatment necessary to treat these types of injuries is often more intensive.

Accidents can happen anywhere, and victims are often left struggling to find a way to pay for the treatment they may need. This makes acquiring the services of  an experienced attorney often a necessity following a serious accident, as they can help injury victims to get the compensation they need to pay for the costs of their injury.

There are many ways a person may suffer a serious injury. One of them can be work-related accidents, such as a mishap in a refinery. It is common knowledge that refineries are dangerous places and though the incidence of refinery accidents may be low in comparison to other occupations, when an accident does occur, it can have devastating consequences for workers. For this reason, it is critical that refinery owners follow all requisite safety guidelines and provide appropriate safety gear for their workers.

The most common causes of injuries in a refinery are slip and fall accidents, chemical spills, equipment failure, fires and explosions, and contact with toxic substances. Since these injuries are typically work related, injury victims may be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, there are many situations in which injured workers may not be able to fully cover the costs of their injury through workers’ compensation payments. In these cases, it may be necessary to take legal action against those in charge of refinery safety in order to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.

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Refinery Accident Prevention Takes a Backseat

The oil and gas industries are hugely important businesses in the state of Texas, but unfortunately, refineries are inherently dangerous; the raw materials, processes and products come together to put workers at high risk all the time. Factor in the failure to comply with safety regulations in favor or productivity, and cutting corners in regular maintenance of aging machinery, and you have what can only describe as an explosive situation waiting to happen.

Texas is home to the largest refineries in the US, but size is not a major factor when it comes to the possibility a refinery accident. All refineries have the potential for serious accidents, and the workers are the first to feel it. But despite numerous incidents, big and small, that have happened in the last two decades, there has been no serious push-back from those slated to oversee and impose regulations on refineries.

Critics agree that a powerful lobby plus the almost constant demand for more end-products of refineries by a fuel-hungry population has muzzled regulatory bodies. Companies that have been brought up on charges for violations of safety regulations have managed to use the courts to delay any significant change in the status quo. This means that refinery workers have no choice but to hope and pray that the piece of equipment they are working on doesn’t decide that today is the day it will explode.

It is only when a serious refinery accident does happen, as in the case of the 2005 explosion at the BP refinery in Texas that took the lives of 15 people and injured 170 others, that people sit up and take notice. It resonates because it costs these refinery companies money. So if you or someone you know works in a refinery and suffers an injury because of unsafe working conditions, make sure that they hear your protest. Consult with a refinery accident lawyer and hit them as hard as possible where it hurts most: their pockets. Maybe then they will give more attention to protecting the people who work for them.

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