We have all read about serious explosions in factories, plants and other industrial settings. Chemicals, toxic waste, fumes, welding operations and heavy plant can all play a part in creating a horrendous industrial explosion injury. Large gas-fired ovens used to cure metals and other materials – and even to bake bread in the case of a large-scale bakery – can also be behind an industrial explosion injury.
You are potentially at risk of an industrial explosion injury in the food industry. This can come about when you use finely sprayed oils, cleaning products and dusty and powdered materials, some of which are highly combustible. Innocent substances such as instant coffee, drinking chocolate, packet soup, milk powder and other powdered items can create dense dust clouds which can explode if there is a source of ignition. Anybody involved in the milling, grinding, spray-drying of milk and the storage of these materials needs to follow guidance around the use of special filters on machinery and working practices to keep the dust clouds down.
How bad can an industrial explosion injury be?
In rare, large-scale incidents, the impact of exploding machinery and the force of the blasts can flatten a plant and even surrounding houses and cars. The heat produced in these types of incidents can be intensely high. People, animals and buildings hundreds of yards away from the epicentre of a blast can suffer from third degree burns. Burns are compounded by heavy masonry and hazardous materials collapsing and shattering at speed, causing severe crush injuries. Even in smaller incidents an industrial explosion industry can have a big impact on the people working in that part of a plant. People may receive first, second and third-degree burns and sometimes also sustain broken bones and serious eye and head injuries.
Could you launch a successful compensation claim?
If you’ve been caught up in an industrial explosion injury it is important to find out where you stand legally. So why not consult an experienced professional injury compensation law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline? You can call our 24/7 enquiry line whenever you have the need to get answers – it’s totally free and will help you find out if your injury might be compensated for. We have 14 years’ experience of situations like these, so make sure you are able to get the answers you need. You will be glad you decided to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for assistance.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown