As an employee in an industrial or manufacturing setting, your bosses expect you to adhere to strict safety standards. In turn, you expect to conduct your work in a safe environment. The last thing you want is to suffer from a fire or explosion-related injury at your place of employment.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, tens of thousands of industrial fires and explosions occur each year.
Explosions can be devastating events. It is important to understand the risks and know how to mitigate them. The most common causes of facility fires and/or blasts include:
- Hot work: welding, torch cutting, brazing, heating, soldering, etc.
- Flammable products: gasses, chemicals, fuels, acids and oils
- Faulty equipment: broken machinery or equipment that is not subject to cleaning and maintenance
- Electrical dangers: extension cords, overloaded circuits, improper or exposed wiring
- Combustible dust: particles that ignite when combined with oxygen and a spark
Preventing fires and blasts
Attentive employers adhere to OSHA safety and good housekeeping standards to protect employees and facilities from catastrophic damage. Additionally, effective training for employees is essential for avoiding industrial accidents. Fire safety training should include both general and job-specific safety protocols:
- Common causes of fires and explosions
- How to spot hazards and prevent fires
- Proper handling and storage of flammable and combustible materials
If you suffer from an injury due to an industrial or construction accident, you potentially face exorbitant medical bills. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may not be able to return to work for an extended period of time. You deserve compensation for your suffering so you can move on.