Explosion Victims and Burn Injuries

Explosions are a risk that industrial companies hope to never experience. According to the website of the Williams Kherkher law firm, businesses that experience explosions are often fertilizer plants, refineries, oil and gas transportation, oil and gas storage, manufacturing facilities, industrial complexes, and chemical plants. The volatile chemicals stored and used within industrial settings require specific handling and care.

In order to make sure that employees and surrounding businesses are safe, the government places regulations on the transportation and handling of potentially flammable or explosive chemical substances, like ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound present in fertilizer; it is flammable and reactive to heat.

In April the West, Texas community was devastated by an explosion after the fertilizer plant, which employed many citizens of the town caught on fire. The ammonium nitrate accelerated the fire too quickly disabling firefighters from extinguishing the flames prior to combustion. The blast from the plant was able to be felt 50 miles away, damaged property within a 37-block radius, and registered on seismographs earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1.

Fifteen people were killed as a result of the explosion and about three-hundred people sustained injuries. According to the website of attorneys at the Hach & Rose, LLP, common injuries resulting from a catastrophic event, like the West explosion, are severe burns, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries. The fertilizer plant had been fined numerous times for not keeping the plant up to safety code. Many victims of the West, Texas explosion still face physical, mental, emotional, and property damage. The city of West, Texas has sued the owner of the fertilizer plant in order to collect financial compensation for damages.