Explosion Accidents in Industrial Sites

Three of the worst industrial disasters that occurred on US soil were: the March 25, 1947, Centralia No. 5 Coal Mine explosion, which took the lives of 111 miners; the March 23, 2005, BP Texas City Refinery fire and explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others; and, the February 7, 2008, dust explosion at the Imperial Sugar Refinery, where 13 people lost their lives while 42 others got injured.

Just a few years back, in July of 2013, an explosion shook a propane gas refilling plant in Tavares, Florida; it caused injury to eight plant workers and required a half-mile evacuation area around the plant.

Propane explosions, in particular, have become more frequent in the U.S. This cause of serious injuries and deaths in several homes and work places are often due to improper maintenance of propane facilities, equipment failure, improper use of the propane, gas leaks and human error. Only a small amount of propane is required for an explosion to occur. Thus, in case of a hint or suspicion of propane leak, one should never switch on or use any device or appliance which can cause a spark; make sure too that repair of the leak is entrusted only to a qualified individual.

Propane, which can be made into liquefied petroleum gas, is a type of fuel very commonly used both domestically and commercially. People use it to cook food, barbecue, heat their homes and fuel engines. It is a highly flammable gas though, and, therefore, very dangerous if not used with proper care. Thus, to avoid propane explosion accidents from occurring, propane systems and propane-powered appliances should be checked by qualified service technicians regularly. Home residents should also refrain from using propane grills inside their home or in small and enclosed areas, and avoid using damaged propane cylinders or tanks. In refilling plants or propane facilities, maintenance should be done regularly to avoid any possibility of gas leaks and equipment failure – the two most common causes of propane explosion.

If an exploding propane tank inside a residential unit is enough to tear down an apartment, imagine what a 10,000-gallon propane tank could do to a plant facility and the workers inside that plant. Propane explosion injuries are brought about by accidents that can very well be avoided. Mere compliance with the stipulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the proper handling, labeling and storage of propane and other hazardous elements can significantly reduce, if not totally ensure zero accident involving propane.

According to an explosion accident attorney from the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the serious threat posed even by a minor explosion has the potential to cause burns and other severe injuries that can permanently alter victims’ lives. In explosion accidents, however, especially those occurring in industrial sites, victims may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for their injuries and damages. It can be an advantage for injured victims to seek the services of a highly-competent explosion accident attorney who has the capability in helping them seek and get the compensation that they legally deserve.