Last month there was an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. Fortunately, in this case there was only minor problems. The fire was put out in a couple hours and only one person had to be taken to the hospital. It was done as a precaution and he was later released. They were very fortunate there was no further damage since the explosion was reportedly powerful enough to shake pictures off of walls.
This wasn’t the first explosion to happen in Whiting. In 1955, a fluid hydroformer unit experienced a series of explosions that killed two people at a Standard Oil refinery. Oil refineries are dangerous places to work. Toxic chemicals, explosions, steam, heavy equipment, and other factors are pose a threat to the health and safety of workers.
The difficulty in oil and gas refinery accident cases is determining just who was at fault and why. Refineries are incredibly complex and difficult to maintain. If structures aren’t maintained properly, an explosion could result. There’s also the possibility of neglect by the owner to train workers properly and follow industry codes. Plus, the worker or a third party could have made an error that put their life and the lives of others at risk.
It takes a skilled attorney with experience in analyzing refinery explosions to defend workers who have been injured. Doyle LLC has that experience. Don’t let the negligence of your employer go without adequate compensation. Call our offices today for a consultation.