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Fires and explosions in industrial settings

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2019 | Industrial Workers' Accidents |

Our law firm has helped many workers in the Omaha meatpacking industry pursue and acquire compensation for their suffering. However, employment in any kind of plant or factory can lead to industrial workers’ accidents. Explosions and fires are two types of accidents that could result in death or devastating injuries for employees.

Why do industrial workers’ accidents occur in the era of increased employee safety awareness? The answer is multifold, but we want to help you understand some of the reasons these fires and explosions occur so that you can avoid injury in an industrial setting.

  • Combustible dust fires: Some forms of seemingly ordinary dust can be quite flammable, especially if not properly stored and disposed of. Further, many of these fires result in a secondary explosion when the initial flames ignite a cloud of dust.
  • Flammable materials and substances: Industrial job sites contain so many flammable substances that it is impossible to list them all. Examples include gases, solvents and vapors or fumes.
  • Electrical hazards: Electricity is critical to industrial work settings. It powers machines and equipment that employees use every day. Poor equipment maintenance or defects in wiring can cause a smoldering fire that will eventually become an inferno, putting workers at risk of great harm.

The good news is that all of the industrial workers’ accidents discussed above are completely preventable. If you have already suffered an injury due to an explosion or fire, we urge you to contact a legal representative to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

For the as-yet uninjured, consider asking your supervisor for additional safety training to help you and your co-workers remain safe. Our website offers more information about the legal remedies available for accidents in the workplace. Please continue reading to learn more.