According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), dust explosion accidents occur rather frequently in some industrial settings. Workplace explosions can cause wrongful deaths, burn injury, brain injuries and other serious injury.
OSHA says there are a number of materials that can produce an explosive environment, combining combustible dust, compact areas, oxygen and an ignition source.
Combustible dust explosion accidents typically occur in two waves: the primary explosion, held in an enclosed space where dust burns and releases gasses. A second wave, or secondary explosion, may occur when additional dust becomes suspended in the air and ignites.
Many workers are unaware of the potential explosion threat, and employers often do no train employees on the serious hazards in their facility. Industries commonly at risk of explosion accidents include:
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Combustible materials that have led to industrial workplace explosions in the past have included:
A workplace explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and property damages. OSHA recommends a thorough workplace hazard assessment of all materials, operations and work areas. Safety agencies suggest taking the following precautions:
Many product liability cases have had a positive impact on public health and safety, and we have witnessed improved lives and future injuries prevented as companies are forced to remove products and change designs and warnings as a result of litigation.
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Defective products on the market present safety and health hazards for adults and children. Cheap and defective products may pose explosion, fire and burn risks; electrocution, strangulation and choking risks; and severe health risks. The manufacturers of industrial and consumer products have a duty to foresee potential injury and properly design and test products before they are released.
Companies must also properly warn workers and consumers of any risks associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers that results in accidents and injury can lead to lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and their product liability lawyer.