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Refinery Accidents

Oil refineries are some of the most dangerous environments in which you can work. Oil refinery accidents are often catastrophic, involving explosions and toxic fumes. Severe injuries, multiple victims and even multiple deaths are not uncommon. Workers, guests and sometimes people living nearby can be affected and hurt.

Causes Of Oil Refinery Accidents

Most oil refinery accidents are preventable, and poor safety practices are often at the heart of the problems. Common causes of oil refinery accidents include:

  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Defective products
  • Improper repair
  • Inadequate safety systems
  • Violations of industry codes, standards and practices
  • Inadequate training
  • Operator error
  • Improper storage of hazardous materials

Oil Refinery Accidents

Accidents that may occur in oil refineries include:

  • Explosions
  • Fires
  • Falling objects
  • Heavy equipment accidents
  • Electrical accidents
  • Hazardous material spills and exposure
  • Falls

Oil Refinery Accident Injuries

Oil refinery accidents can cause horrific, life-altering injuries and long-term illnesses. Common injuries caused by oil refinery accidents include:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back injury
  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Toxic exposure
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Death


If you have been injured in an oil refinery accident you may be entitled to compensation including:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Permanent disfigurement

Your injuries may mean that you are no longer able to work. Toxic exposure may mean that you are able to work now, but have developed a long-term illness, during which your health will continue to decline and your need for medical care will increase.

The Loss Of A Loved One

Oil refinery accidents commonly result in fatal injury. If you have lost a loved one in an oil refinery accident you may choose to pursue a wrongful death case. Because most oil refinery accident deaths involve employees, you may have lost the primary breadwinner for your family, making it especially important for you to get the compensation you need and deserve.

At William J. Tinning, PC, we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an oil refinery accident, please call at 361-306-8343 or email us today for your free consultation.

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