Have You Been Injured in Gas and Fire Explosions?
On January 20th, an explosion occurred at the Southcross Energy natural gas plant in Gregory. Fire and clouds of smoke could be seen from miles away. Pipelines were shut off after the explosion erupted, but it still took two hours for the fire to die out as the smell of natural gas spread throughout the area.
Fortunately, there were no reported deaths in the accident. They have begun an investigation to determine what caused the explosion, though some believe it was caused by a defective valve.
Gas and Fire Explosions in Texas
With the large amount of energy production and chemical processing in the state, gas and fire explosions are a frequent risk to workers and communities. If you have been injured by an explosion, you should contact an attorney to see if you can get compensation for your damages.
These types of production and processing facilities can be extremely dangerous, so they are tightly regulated and have high safety standards. If a facility was violating standard safety procedures when the explosion occurred, you will likely be entitled to compensation.
If you are injured at work, whether you are a gas and oil employee or not, you are entitled to worker’s compensation. If this happens to you, you should immediately inform your employer as well as begin the application for worker’s compensation. Worker’s compensation will provide for your medical expenses as well as a portion of your wages, but generally restricts your ability to sue your employer for additional damages. There are a few exceptions to this, so you should always contact a lawyer after being injured in gas and fire explosions.
Temporary Worker Injuries
In the past, temporary workers have had less protection in cases of workplace injuries, and often were not given the same type of safety training as full time workers. This has recently changed, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is being more strict with companies that fail to protect their temporary workers from gas and fire explosions.
Last month OSHA issued 13 citations to a Mississippi company after a compressed gas explosion killed one temporary worker and injured another. The two workers had received no safety training and were completely unaware that a tank next to their working area contained dangerous and explosive gases. OSHA requires that companies always train and educate workers about the risks if they are working close to compressed gases. The gases involved in the Mississippi accident, hydrogen sulfide and methane, are both explosive and dangerous, but these deaths may have been prevented if better training was offered.
If you are a temporary worker who has been injured on the job in gas and fire explosions, you should contact one of our attorneys at Bandas Law Firm immediately. We will help you investigate what happened and see if workers compensation or a personal injury suit is available to you.
Personal Injury Caused by Gas and Fire Explosions
If you are not an employee of a facility but were injured by gas and fire explosions, you may want to make a personal injury claim. If the facility was acting negligently by not following standard procedures or properly maintaining facilities and equipment, you may be entitled to compensation. Gas and fire explosions are very dangerous, and there are many injuries you may claim in order to recover damages:
- Burning and Scarring
- Loss of Limbs
- Wrongful Death
- Destruction of Property
If you have recently been the victim of an oil and gas accident, please contact an attorney today. Our associates at Bandas Law Firm have experience helping victims of gas and fire explosions, and we are happy to evaluate your case and do what we can to help.