Houston Factory Explosion Lawyers
Hardworking men and women in Houston and across Texas go to work every day at different factories ranging from chemical plants to oil refineries. Their work is the foundation of the manufacture and supply of thousands upon thousands of consumer and commercial products we use, including medicine, fuel, clothes, construction materials, and weaponry.
Tragically, all too often, the safety and lives of factory workers are taken for granted by factory owners and their employers. They’re pushed to take unnecessary risks, cut corners, and worse, just to fill their employer’s ravenous appetites. When employers and factory owners skimp on safety measures and regulations and fail to provide workers with a safe workspace, factory explosions, and fires are some of the few possibilities that may result from their negligence.
Factory explosions are extremely deadly, impacting the lives of factory workers and their families, as well as the residents of the surrounding community. Your safety is not an acceptable price for saving a company’s bottom line.
Over our 35+ years of legal practice, Johnson Garcia’s Houston factory explosion lawyers have helped factory explosion victims and their families hold responsible parties accountable and get the compensation they need to heal. We are here to help. Call us today at 832-844-6700 for a free legal consultation.
Houston is home to dozens of factories and industrial plants, including Asia Chemical, Thermo Pac, Merichem, TPC Group, Color Factory, and Watson Grinding and Manufacturing — where two workers and a nearby resident were killed after propylene release and explosion at the factory on Jan 24, 2020. The explosion also injured other local residents.
These factories generate billions in taxes, create thousands of jobs across Texas, and serve as one of the state’s biggest economic engines. However, the risks still exist despite significant progress toward workplace safety thanks to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other industry-specific organizations, such as the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). Manufacturing and industrial factories are still some of the most dangerous operations in the state and the nation.
Causes of Factory Explosion and Other Accidents
Factory work can be extremely dangerous. In addition to the delicate nature of what industrial and manufacturing factories contain — chemicals, fertilizer, and gas — heavy machinery moves quickly and may hang over workers’ heads. When these conditions in a factory collide, an explosive tragedy can occur at any time, leaving factory workers with catastrophic injuries.
Many factors can cause a factory explosion, but they can be avoided with the proper training and precautions. Unfortunately, negligence is often a catalyst for factory explosion accidents. Some common causes of factory explosions and fires include:
- Defective or poorly maintained equipment
- Human error
- Electrical hazards
- Chemical reactions
- Combustible dust
- Inadequate workplace precautions
- Inadequate training
- Manufacturer defects
- Incorrect storage of materials
- Non-compliance with OSHA and other safety regulations
Types of Injuries Sustained in Factory Explosions
Factory explosions can cause great devastation, leaving victims caught in the blast with severe or fatal injuries. They happen with little warning and quickly engulf entire buildings. Often, such an incident may impact people who are not even close to the source of the plant explosion.
The list of potential injuries in a factory explosion is nearly endless, but some common injuries we see after refinery explosions, chemical plant explosions, gas explosions, and other factory disasters include the following:
- Blunt force trauma injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Lacerations from flying debris
- Internal organ injuries
- Vision and hearing loss
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Lung injuries and other inhalation injuries
- Severe head injuries and brain injuries, such as closed and open brain injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Negligence and Liability in a Factory Explosion
If you’ve suffered burns or other injuries or have lost a loved one after a plant explosion, you are probably unsure of your legal rights and the parties to hold accountable.
Many contributing factors to factory explosions boil down to negligent acts and omissions. When an employer is unwilling to fully commit to prioritizing factory maintenance, worker training, and safety regulations, catastrophic fires and explosions can happen, resulting in severe injuries or even death.
Did your bosses fail to provide PPE? Did a supervisor fail to monitor workers? Were leaks or spills ignored?
Negligence in a factory is inexcusable. The Houston explosion lawyers at Johnson Garcia refuse to sit idly by as factory workers are endangered by corporate negligence and greed. We will investigate the cause of the factory explosion and pinpoint who is liable. Potentially liable parties in a factory explosion include:
- Factory owners and employers
- Equipment manufacturers
- Contractors and subcontractors
Wrongful Death Lawsuits After a Factory Explosion
Factory explosions often claim workers’ lives due to their sudden and devastating nature. When this happens, the victim’s family has a right to pursue death benefits from the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company or file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold negligent parties accountable.
Our Houston wrongful death attorneys have the knowledge families can depend on to find answers and justice after fatal factory explosions. Our legal team will fight tirelessly and even argue for you in court if the other side attempts to deny liability, bringing your family peace of mind and the financial support you need to rebuild.
Speak With Our Houston Factory Explosion Lawyers To Find Out if You Have a Valid Claim
Factory explosions often leave affected individuals — including workers and residents of the community affected by the blast — and their families struggling to cope with the aftermath. When factory explosions occur, when injuries are severe and permanent, and when families lose loved ones, Johnson Garcia will be there to fight for your rights.
Our legal team knows how high the stakes are, and we can help. Johnson Garcia brings the resources, tenacity, skills, and experience needed to level the playing field when going up against your employer and other large industrial corporations. We proudly represent factory workers, their families, and those living near manufacturing and industrial plants. When working with the Johnson Garcia team, you benefit from over three decades of experience.
Give us a call at 832-844-6700 for a free consultation. Our Houston factory explosion lawyers are ready to answer your questions.