Dangers of Explosions

For most people, explosions are something they only see in TV shows or movies. They feel distanced from ever being near an actual threatening explosion. The frightening reality is that explosions do occur in the real world and often result in severe injury and/or death. If the victim is able to come out alive after the accident, they often face life-altering injuries with impairments that change the course of the rest of their lives.

Not all explosions are preventable. Accidents sometimes occur in certain industrial settings. According to Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., many explosions can be prevented when all involved parties act safely and fulfill their responsibilities as expected. Unfortunately, protocol isn’t always followed and results in unsuspecting victims suffering due to the negligence of others.

An explosion could occur anywhere. By the same token, there are certain places where an explosion is way more likely to occur. These include industrial factories, nuclear or chemical plants, oil rigs, and manufacturing facilities. These places are at high risk for many types of accidents, but explosions are one of the more serious problems that could occur. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 138 deaths related to explosions in 2013.

Even if an explosion occurs at a less likely location, you can still take legal action against the responsible party. A few examples of less severe explosion accidents include failure to store chemicals properly, failure to train staff to properly handle flammable materials, and defective gas-powered appliances such as stoves, ovens, or water heaters.

 

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