Is aging and defective equipment a real danger?

The equipment that is used at plants and refineries is one of the most common causes of plant explosions. There are two separate reasons why equipment could be to blame. First, it has aged naturally and has simply become outdated. Second, the equipment may have been defective from the very beginning. Either way, it is a dangerous scenario for those who are near the plant.

By |2016-10-19T21:52:24+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

Can I get fired for reporting a violation?

Several federal statutes provide "whistleblower" protection to those who experience discrimination or retaliation for engaging in protected activities, which includes reporting an employer for violations of state and federal safety laws. For instance, you may choose to report the factory to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration or some other state or federal agency. If you are fired as a result, you may be

By |2016-10-19T21:52:25+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

What are common injuries from plant explosions?

The injuries that are sustained in the aftermath of plant and refinery explosions are immense and oftentimes fatal. Much of these injuries can be incurred from the physical blast of the explosion and fire itself; however, in some cases, the aftermath can be just as deadly. Below, we explain some of the most common injuries: Burns: The heat that can be created by tragic plant

By |2016-10-19T21:52:26+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

If I was injured on an oil rig, what are my legal options?

Industrial injuries are common, and if your injury was sustained as a result of the negligence of a third party, you will be entitled to file a claim. If your industrial injury occurred while you were working offshore, you may be entitled to relief through various maritime claims such as: The Jones Act: This would require a showing that your employer was negligent, much like

By |2016-10-19T21:52:27+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

Can I take action against an employer who exposed a loved-one to asbestos?

Many industrial workers have been exposed to asbestos, a mineral that was once widely used in factories, plants, warehouses, shipyards, and docks throughout Texas and the rest of the country because of its flame-resistant qualities that are cheap to manufacture. However, research has revealed the deadly nature of this mineral, including its link to mesothelioma, which is a disease that is caused by asbestos fibers

By |2016-10-19T21:52:28+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

What are common causes of plant and refinery explosions?

Plant and refineries are a common sight throughout Texas and the nation as a sign of a booming economy and ever-growing industrial sector. Unfortunately, with these numerous facilities, serious accidents can occur—such as explosions, fires, and other catastrophic incidents. Take, for example, the 2005 explosion in Texas City, or the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. While these sorts of accidents are happening with seemingly more

By |2016-01-23T05:43:40+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

What First Steps Should I Take After an Industrial Accident?

If you have been injured in an industrial workplace, such as an oil or gas refinery, petrochemical plant, factory, mine, warehouse, or construction site, you need to immediately report your accident to your employer and get medical assistance. If you fail to report the accident – orally or in writing – it could adversely impact your right to recover compensation. You also have the right

By |2016-10-19T21:52:28+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

Who is sued if injury was caused by machine malfunction?

If your employer carries workers' compensation insurance, your primary option will be to file a workers' compensation claim that will entitle you to receive medical and wage benefits – regardless of who is at fault for your injury. Additionally, you may pursue a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of the machine if a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect caused your injury. Although workers' compensation

By |2016-10-19T21:52:29+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

If I receive workers’ compensation benefits, will I be taxed after my industrial accident?

Workers' compensation benefits generally are not taxed under state or federal law. However, if you receive workers' compensation in lieu of receiving Social Security disability benefits, they may be taxed. Those who suffer industrial injury or illness, or the families of those who lose a family member to an industrial accident or disease, can pursue four different types of workers' comp benefits: medical, income, death,

By |2019-02-14T15:47:46+00:00January 23rd, 2016||

Am I eligible for workers’ compensation?

Any employee who is injured while on the job should be entitled to workers' compensation. Workers' comp is a form of insurance that accommodates injured persons who were harmed while performing their job duties. Generally, a company will offer workers' compensation to its employees which will provide them with medical benefits and wage replacements should they be injured at work. There isn't a waiting period

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