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Risky Business with Refinery Accidents

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It seems that BP just cannot catch a break when it comes to oil. Prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 which made the Gulf of Mexico a toxic wasteland and set the company back billions of dollars, there was the refinery accident in Texas City in 2005 in which a hydrocarbon vapor cloud caused an explosion, killing 15 people and injuring many others.

In both cases, BP and its contractors were found to have been negligent in the sense that there were numerous instances of failing to follow safety regulations. In the Texas City refinery accident, the plant had been found to be in poor condition months prior to the explosion. The company was required to pay huge fines for federal environmental and occupational safety violations as well as millions in claims by the families of those who died and were injured. BP eventually sold the refinery to pay off their obligations.

Oil refineries and oil rigs are inherently dangerous work places, which is why it is so important that those who own such businesses should make safety a priority. Cost-cutting measures at the expense of safety, competence and efficiency usually end badly for all concerned. In the case of BP, plagued by one industrial disaster after another, one would suppose that those in authority should have learned their lesson. Negligence in the workplace costs so much in terms of money and life that it just doesn’t make sense to keep doing it. And yet there are so many instances when big businesses continue making the same mistake over and over again.

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a refinery accident due to negligence as a worker or otherwise, the only way to prevent it from happening again is to bring attention to the consequences of ignoring safety regulations. Get a refinery accident lawyer in Texas to represent you to recover your damages and let your story be heard.

One Response to “Risky Business with Refinery Accidents”

  1. Pohl Berk says:

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