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Who’s Responsible for a Workplace Explosion?

A workplace explosion can leave workers with devastating or fatal injuries. In the wake of such an incident, injured workers and their families’ lives may be forever changed. Not only do these individuals face sudden, monumental medical bills, but they may be deprived of an income when the injured employee can no longer work.

Given the potential devastation that may result from a workplace explosion, you may wonder if there is any way to recover the compensation you need to recover. Below, we discuss the parties that may be held liable for a workplace explosion.

#1. Plant Manager/Employer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to take appropriate actions to provide employees with a safe work environment. This is particularly important in industrial work environments due to the prevalence of hazardous substances and combustible materials. Such actions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide workplace safety training in a language all workers understand.
  • Provide machines that are safe and frequently maintained.
  • Provide required safety equipment, such as gloves, harnesses, or lifelines.
  • Mitigate toxic chemicals.

Employers who fail to address hazards in the workplace or to provide employees with adequate safety training may be held liable for any accidents that result from their negligence.

#2. Equipment Manufacturers

It’s possible for a third party, such as an equipment manufacturer, to be held liable for a workplace explosion. This may be possible through a product liability claim.

If, for example, a piece of equipment at a worksite was defective upon production or sale, and this defect caused an explosion, then the manufacturer may be held liable for damages.

Such claims have high stakes and require the guidance of a seasoned legal professional. This may be your only opportunity to recover compensation after a workplace accident—don’t miss your chance to obtain justice.

Contact The Ammons Law Firm LLP at (281) 801-5617 to schedule a free consultation.