Fire and Explosion Accidents
Unfortunately, Massachusetts has seen more than its share of high-profile work accidents caused by fires or explosions in recent years.
The Boston injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman understand these are among the most complex personal injury and wrongful death claims a law firm can handle. Significant resources go into investigating such claims. And those who survive typically suffer very serious injuries, including burn injuries and disfigurement.
- In 1999, combustible dust caused an explosion at a plant in Springfield. In that case, phenolic resin was allowed to accumulate, resulting in a catastrophic dust explosion.
- In November 2006, a solvent and paint factory exploded in Danvers. The explosion was felt up to 45 miles away and damaged more than 90 homes. At least 10 people were injured.
- In February 2010, a Middleton power plant explosion claimed six lives.
- In March 2011, four people were injured flowing an explosion at a Middleton chemical plant.
Explosions can result from dangerous chemicals, coal dust and fuels, including propane and natural gas. An increasing amount of attention has been paid to hazardous dust explosions in recent years.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports sufficient quantities of dust particles can cause deflagration, or rapid combustion, when mixed with oxygen and a heat source. When such combustion is inside a building, the resulting pressure can cause an explosion. Thus, these accidents rely upon what's called the "Dust Explosion Pentagon," oxygen, heat, fuel, dispersion and confinement.
Such explosions can dislodge additional dust (fuel) and may cause secondary explosions, which often result in the most death and destruction. The hazards of dust explosions exist in a variety of manufacturing environments, including plants that make candy, sugar, feed, flour, spice, wood, paper, rubbery, furniture, textiles, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal and processed metals.
Preventing Dust Explosions:
- Implement hazardous dust safety and housekeeping programs.
- Properly utilize collection and filtration systems.
- Minimize escaping dust from manufacturing processes.
- Access hidden areas for proper inspection.
- Conduct regular dust inspections.
- Control ignition sources.
- Develop and emergency action plan.
Explosions and fires continue to lead to the serious injury or death of far too many employees each year. Fires, explosions and exposure to harmful substances cause some 600 workplace deaths each year. The risk of injury or death is exacerbated by poor evacuation plans, blocked fire exits and other negligence on the part of an employer. Because these are such complex cases, and because life-altering injuries typically result, speaking to an experienced personal injury and wrongful death law firm is critical at the earliest stages of such cases.
If your dealing with a serious or fatal work injury in Massachusetts, contact the Boston personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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