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Types of Industrial Accidents That Could Put You in Danger

Industrial work is the most dangerous career in the United States, having one of the highest fatality rates of any other job nationwide. Due to the heavy machinery, unsafe working conditions and proximities to hazardous chemicals, industrial sites have an extremely high potential for accidents, injuries and death.

Sasol North America, Axiall, PPG, ConocPhillips, and the petrochemical refineries outside of town, are among some of the industrial facilities that employ over six percent of Lake Charles’ male population. This means that approximately 5,000 men potentially put their lives in danger each day, for the sake of their job. 

Common Types of Industrial Injuries

Working for a petrochemical plant or industrial refinery doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be injured. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3 million industrial workers a year are injured in some sort of workplace accident. 

These accidents can be a result of unsafe or broken scaffolding, heavy machinery accidents or malfunctions, hazardous chemicals, explosions, carelessness and/or general unsafe working conditions. When an industrial accident occurs, an array of catastrophic injuries can follow:

  • Severe bruising, cuts, hemorrhages and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Quadriplegia (complete paralysis)
  • Paraplegia (selective paralysis)
  • Fractured and broken necks
  • Amputations
  • Second and third degree burns
  • Smoke inhalation/suffocation
  • Death

In addition, you can also be inflicted with ongoing and terminal illnesses as a result of potential long-term exposure to harmful and hazardous chemicals.

Due to the inherent severity of such injuries, industrial accidents are often the subject of workers’ compensation, personal injury, product liability and wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana—awarding well over 100 million dollars a year in damages to victims.

When working for a petrochemical plant or any industrial facility, safety should always be your number one concern. You don’t want, nor should you be, a casualty of a dangerous career. Always remember to be aware of your surroundings, be alert, cautious, and careful while on the job. If not only for your own sake, do it for the sake of your loved ones, employer and fellow employees.

If you have a loved one who works in an industrial or construction environment, please share this article with them on Facebook or Twitter to help encourage industrial safety and awareness. You never know if they’re truly aware of the dangers they’re facing on a daily basis.