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Workplace Safety in Light of the West Fertilizer Explosion

Posted By Montee Law Firm || 26-Apr-2013

After the tragedy that befell Waco, Texas last week, many people have been pondering the importance of workplace safety at industrial locations such as fertilizer plants. A compelling article in The Washington Post discusses the lack of workplace safety seen all throughout the United States and how this is affecting the employees at plants and refineries everywhere. In the past, journalists used to cover stories about explosions and fires that occurred at plants.

In recent years, the focus on these incidents has been reduced, as the media chases after stories that are more compelling. For example, last week in the midst of the Boston Marathon explosion, the Waco, Texas tragedy was forgotten in an instant. While news sites are still covering the aftermath of Boston, West, Texas is yesterday's news on some channels, and isn't being acknowledged. According to The Washington Post, the decline in coverage for these sorts of accident has created an environment in which companies believe that they can get away with safety violations.

This is because they know that the media will not take the time or effort to go through and scrutinize these companies for their lack of care. According to The Washington Post, the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in 2010 killed 29 workers yet was forgotten shortly after the incident. While the mine was cited 458 times for safety violations in the months leading up to the accident, this was a fact lost in the low amount of coverage about the accident.

The Washington Post says that a lack of workplace safety is what caused the tragic explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant Company that leveled houses, schools, and a nursing home, caused hundreds of injuries, and caused 15 deaths. The plant at 1.350 times the legally allowed amount of highly explosive ammonium nitrate and hadn't informed the Department of Homeland Security about it. The plant also didn't have any sprinklers, fire alarms, or shut-off valves.

In addition to this, the fertilizer plant failed to install blast walls, even though these are legally required at fertilizer plants. The Washington Post maintains that the incident which occurred could have been prevented had these provisions been put in place. Also, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration had not inspected the plant since 1985.While the Boston Marathon incident may have gotten more coverage on the tragic week in America the West Fertilizer plant incident is more real for individuals all throughout the United States.

In 2011 alone, 4,609 Americans were killed in workplace accidents, while only 17 Americans died at the hands of terrorists. If you are working at a company that has not observed proper safety standards, then you are within your rights to seek compensation. If you want more information you can talk to an attorney at the firm today. With the right lawyer on your side, you will be able to litigate against the party at fault and seek compensation if you have been injured or if your loved one was killed in an industrial injury accident.

Industrial injury accidents can take on many forms. Explosions, fires, and other disastrous chemical reactions are one way that workers are injured. They can also be injured by working with heavy machinery, slipping and falling at the plant, crushing injuries when heavy machinery or materials fall or by not wearing proper safety equipment. As a worker, you have the right to hold your company accountable through a lawsuit and to seek compensation that will cover your medical bills and pain and suffering. Hire a Kansas City personal injury attorney at The Montee Law Firm today for more information!

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