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Accidents in the Workplace are Completely Preventable Situations

Explosion accidents may be rare occurrences in the United States; however, when one occurs, damages these can be devastating and the severity of injuries and/or the number of lost lives can be scary and alarming.

The three worst explosion accidents on U.S. 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, which left 42 people injured and 13 dead.

Despite the safety standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), any work environment has its own types of potential hazard for all those who work in it regularly. Though the possibility of an accident taking place in an office setting may be great, the risk experienced by those in construction and industrial environments is always many times greater. This is due to various factors, such as the presence and use of heavy and dangerous materials, tools and toxic substances, so that even the least failure to observe safety measures can lead to destructive and/or injurious results. There are other factors, however, which include hiring of unqualified workers, failure to properly train employees about safety measures; safety equipment not provided by the firm; unsafe ground conditions; and failure to maintain tools and equipment or failure to repair damaged equipment.

Accidents in the workplace are completely preventable situations since this can be averted by keeping a a safe and healthy work environment. Aside from acts of negligence, workplace accidents are often due to improper storage and use of injurious tools and hazardous or combustible materials, such as acids, solvents, petroleum products, pesticides, solid wastes, oil, gasoline, octane, natural gas, propane, and agricultural fertilizers, which contain the highly explosive ammonium nitrate.

The United States Bureau of Labor reports that roughly 150,000 construction site injuries and almost 1,000 fatalities occur every year in the U.S.; this makes construction the third most dangerous industry for workers. However, if a construction worker suffers an injury while on the job, he or she may be able to receive compensation which will help him/her recover from the consequences of a terrible event.

Though the effects of fires and explosions can be tragic, often causing massive loss of both money and lives. Milwaukee personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ® informs victims and their families that they may be entitled to financial compensation for their loss. Victims should not be held responsible for the financial fallout of a fire or explosion, especially if it is a result of someone else’s negligence.

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