Fire at BP Texas City Refinery Renews Call for Safety from Houston Accident Attorneys

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Houston Accident Attorneys renew the call for greater management commitment to safety following a fire at BP’s Texas City refinery. No one was injured in this recent accident but, as a whole, refineries are inherently dangerous places to work.

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While public attention gravitates to catastrophic events, such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, problems in the factories that refine fuels are often overlooked.

Smoke from a fire at BP's Texas City refinery could be seen for miles. The fire burned for approximately an hour and a half before firefighters put out the blaze, said Reuters. While there were no injuries reported, the fire highlighted the danger facing refinery workers. Workers injured at an oil refinery are urged to contact a Houston Accident Attorney.

Refineries are inherently dangerous places and refining oil is a dangerous line of work. Refining oil involves superheated liquids, volatile chemicals, high pressures, rotating equipment and toxic gases.

“While public attention gravitates to catastrophic events, such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, problems in the factories that refine fuels are often overlooked,” said Jennifer Fletcher, spokesperson for Houston Accident Attorneys. “Oil workers face hazards on a daily basis.”

According to the most recent data available from the Department of Labor Statistics, there were 120 fatal work injuries in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008.

“When safety standards are maintained, an oil refinery can be a safer place to work. However, some oil companies, either by negligence or cost-cutting measures, violate safety regulations. This makes a dangerous work environment even more dangerous,” said Fletcher. “Injuries resulting from an employer’s negligence can destroy the lives of workers and their family.”

Workplace dangers at oil companies include falls, explosions, machinery, risk of fire, chemical or steam-related injuries, and toxic chemical exposures.

“If you have been injured in a refinery accident, you need an attorney who knows the oil industry,” Fletcher said. “Without the right legal support there is a risk of losing certain types of compensation, especially if workers' compensation adjustors and refinery company attorneys have the final say.”

According to Reuters, the Texas City plant has the capacity to process 400,780 barrels of crude oil a day. It was also the site of a 2005 fire and explosion that killed 15 workers and injured nearly 200 others.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, contact Houston Accident Attorneys at 713-338-2776.

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Houston Accident Attorneys helps individuals with injuries connect with a Houston accident attorney to help them. The service is completely free and can be found at http://www.houston-accidentattorney.com/.

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