Experts Say Chemical Explosions near Houston Result of Safety Lapses

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Chemical containers at a plant in Crosby, which is outside of Houston, exploded after the plant flooded because of Hurricane Harvey. Many experts believe that more damage is possible in the future from damaged chemical plants, as such plants age and may not be easily redesigned or retrofitted.

The plant which was damaged in Crosby took an approach of attempting to make its plant safer by strengthening pipes and vessels, venting chemicals, and using baths to neutralize chemicals. This can minimize, but not eliminate, dangers once a facility has already been compromised. Other chemical plants attempt to prevent major damage from occurring in the first place, which is the approach that some other countries favor.

The EPA does not mandate many inherent safety procedures, which could prevent chemical explosions from happening at all. Instead, thousands of chemical facilities have reported accidents over the last decade, which have resulted in injuries, deaths, and damage to property. Earlier this year, the EPA revised its safety requirements in order to enhance protection for some employees and members of the community. However, there is now almost a 20-month delay in the rule’s implementation. The rule would require storing fewer chemicals, improving backup power systems, and using better infrastructure.

Although natural disasters are unavoidable, when chemical companies choose to cut costs over spending money on customer improvements, disaster can result. If you have been the victim of a chemical explosion in Texas, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more about our firm.
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