Corpus Christi refinery accident and lawyers need to understand the causes of refinery accidents. Because of the many dangers involved in working at oil refineries, there are many important safety protocols and procedures which have to be followed. Often highly experienced and professional workers follow the rules and do everything right, but are still seriously injured at work. This may be due to poor working conditions, faulty equipment, or improperly trained coworkers. Some of these refinery injuries may be caused by:
3. Chemical spills and/or releases;
4. Broken or improper fall restraint equipment;
5. Toxic substances;
6. Dropped equipment;
7. Improper safety barricades;
8. Falls; and
9. Heavy equipment malfunctions.
There are, of course, certainly many other causes, such as faulty control systems. For instance, on March 23, 2005, an explosion at BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery killed 15 people and injured at least 180 more. Investigations revealed the causes of the explosion to be safety cost-cutting measures, undue production speed pressures, old and antiquated equipment and extremely fatigued employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued at least 271 notifications to BP for failing to correct problems and hazards at the refinery over a four-year period since the accident. Accordingly, OSHA issued fines of $56.7 million. Additionally, OSHA noted 439 "willful and egregious" violations of industry-accepted safety controls. These violations will lead to additional fines of $30.7 million.