In March 2005, a chain of explosions rocked the BP plant in Texas City, which killed 15 people. Another 180 people were burned or injured. That accident remains one of the worst refinery accidents in U.S. history. The people who were injured or killed were housed in a group of office trailers at the plant. Those trailers were placed there to house workers during shutdowns and startups.
In the aftermath of the accident, many safety experts recommended moving temporary buildings and personnel away from the process units on the grounds of the refinery, particularly during risky activities. They also recommended updating old technology, such as the refinery stack that overflowed, which caused the accident. They also urged companies to give workers involvement in safety panels which would help fix small safety issues before they became major problems.
However, about 10 years later, many refineries remain as dangerous as they were before the accident. At least 58 people have been killed in refineries since the accident at BP. The BP refinery is now owned by Marathon Petroleum Company, and has had no deaths since the change in ownership, but some say that is only because the company is still benefiting from safety changes made from BP and is not making any changes of its own.
This accident reminds us that many companies do not do everything possible to keep their employees safe. Instead, many cut corners on safety in an effort to make larger profits. If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Most workers can either recover workers’ compensation or sue their employer for accidents that occur at work.
If you are in the Houston area and have been injured in an accident on the job, call the dedicated attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation on your case and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us now or learn more about us on Google Plus.