Causes of Industrial Plant Explosions
The gases found in industrial plants are highly combustible and any explosion can result to serious injuries or even death. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, explosion accidents can pose a serious threat to workers nearby. Plant explosions can cause different types of injuries ranging from burns which can permanently change the life of the individual. While almost every workplace is at risk for chemical explosions, the danger is greater in industrial plants.
There are many factors that can cause industrial plants to explode. In most instances, a simple fire that spread into the entire facility that caused the much larger explosions. Fires are believed to be as the most common cause of industrial explosions. Chemical facilities are a place where highly flammable products and gases abound which can easily set the facility on fire. Sometimes the negligent actions of those facilities can trigger a huge explosion and endanger the lives of the workers within the premises.
Other common causes of industrial plant explosions include well blowouts, poor labeling, unsafe procedures, and violation of OSHA safety regulations. Most industrial plant explosion accidents are preventable if only the employer and the employee will work hand in hand to prevent explosion accidents from happening in their facility.
Given the devastating nature of explosion accidents, it is important for industrial plants to put in place preventive and protective measures. Once in place, it is the job of the employer to see to it that the measures are strictly implemented. Employees, on the other hand, should also do their part in the implementation of the safety measures. They should be properly educated about these safety measures so that they can have some peace of mind that their employer is looking after their welfare.
Explosion accidents can mean thousands or even millions of dollars lost not only to properties but also people’s lives and income.