Industrial Explosions, Electrical Fires and Burns
Philadelphia Burn Injury Lawyers Explain Catastrophic Workplace Accidents
Some workplaces present dangers that are not present in the conventional workplace. The risk of catastrophic burn injuries from explosions and electrical fires are often tragic realities for those working in factories, warehouses and other industrial settings. Although the strict regulations maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should prevent these kinds of industrial accidents, companies too often neglect these standards and procedures in the interest of profits. If you or a loved one sustained catastrophic personal injuries in an industrial explosion or fire, then you can likely file a workers compensation claim. However, you may also have grounds for a third party claim against other liable parties, which can maximize your compensation to cover all of your expenses.
Industrial explosions and fires are among the most devastating workplace accidents, and commonly result in extensive catastrophic injuries and/or death. Additionally, they often cause widespread damage to the factory, warehouse or other workplace. This makes determining the cause and liability for the accident difficult. Therefore, if you or someone close to you has suffered a serious injury on the job, it is important to have an experienced attorney standing up for your rights. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our burn injury lawyers have the skill and experience to help you pursue all avenues of compensation available to you.
What Causes Industrial Explosions and Fires?
Factories, warehouses and other industrial complexes can be dangerous without safety procedures, employee training programs and frequent safety checks to prevent explosions. Any negligence can increase the risk of fires and explosions, which are often fatal industrial accidents. Some of the most common causes of explosions and fires include:
- Lack of equipment maintenance. Industrial machinery like boilers, pumps, furnaces, hydraulic presses and more require frequent maintenance checks to ensure they are in proper working order. Otherwise, they may malfunction or fail due to worn parts, corrosion, buildup of debris and/or overheating.
- Poor material storage. Factories and industrial complexes that produce or handle flammable materials must follow strict storage and clean-up procedures to prevent explosions and fires due to leaks. Additionally, any small fire or unrelated accident around these materials can cause a catastrophic explosion.
- Lack of employee training, experience or supervision. An explosion or fire may result from worker errors or lack of proper procedures. Often, these errors or unsafe production practices combined with other negligence cause a fire or explosion.
- Neglect of OSHA regulations. Negligent employers may overlook certain safety procedures or fail to provide adequate equipment to workers, increasing the risk of a fire. OSHA regulations are especially important when hot work, such as welding or cutting, is required.
- Electrical accidents. Faulty wiring or poor electrical work can result in a factory fire or industrial explosion.
- Buildup of combustible dust. The dust that most industries produce as a byproduct is often highly flammable, even if the material is generally not a fire hazard in larger quantities. Employers must have procedures to clear away this dust in a timely manner. Otherwise, any heat source can potentially ignite this dust, which may burn quickly.
What Injuries Commonly Result from Industrial Explosions?
Industrial explosions and fires are often among the deadliest workplace accidents because containment is difficult and they escalate extremely quickly. Therefore, the injuries and damages that result are frequently catastrophic in nature and may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. The force of an explosion can knock a worker off his or her feet. This kind of fall or impact can result in serious trauma, including brain and spine injuries. Victims may experience permanent, ongoing effects such as paralysis, permanent impairment and other side effects.
- Severe burn injuries. Those closest to the fire or explosion may sustain extensive thermal burns, causing scarring and disfigurement. Electrical burns are also possible, if an electrical accident is to blame.
- Loss of limb. The force of an explosion may be enough to cause the amputation of a limb, especially if a worker is close to the source.
- Wrongful death. Workers generally have little warning of industrial explosions, meaning that these kinds of accidents are frequently fatal. Additionally, poor evacuation procedures and lack of fire extinguishers and other equipment can cause wrongful death in the event of a fire.
After an electrical accident, fire and/or explosion, workers and their families may be able to recover compensation from multiple sources. Generally, workers compensation should cover some costs, such as medical bills. However, if another company or person besides your employer or a coworker caused or contributed to the accident, then you may have grounds for a third party claim as well. This kind of claim maximizes your opportunity for recovery, helping to ensure that all your expenses are covered. Our industrial accident attorneys can investigate to determine all liable parties.
Hurt in an Explosion or Industrial Accident? Call Our PA Burn Injury Lawyers Today
If you have suffered an injury due to an electrical fire, explosion or any other workplace accident, then it is important to have experienced industrial accident attorneys protecting your rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to obtain personal injury compensation in addition to workers compensation benefits. We will help you explore all avenues of recovery to help you seek the financial resources you need.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an industrial explosion or fire, then our burn injury lawyers can help. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, but we accept cases nationwide. Call (866) 569-3400 or contact us online today to schedule a free initial consultation. If you cannot visit our offices, we can come to you, wherever you are. We also handle cases on a contingency fee basis — you pay us nothing unless we get results for you.