Can Hot Weather Increase Texas Plant Explosions?

Texas Plant Explosions

Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In Texas, those factors occur on an ongoing basis all summer long. We know that ongoing exposure to extreme heat is a danger to workers, but it can also impact materials and machinery. So does extremely hot weather increase the risk of Texas plant explosions? It can certainly be a contributing factor.

There are three main elements that combine to create a plant explosion:  heat, the creation of gas, and a dangerous reaction. The more hotter it is outside, the more likely the high temperature could cause trouble inside a facility. And even if hot weather isn’t a direct factor, prolonged spells of extreme heat put plants at risk of violating environmental restrictions imposed by both state and federal law, with consequences that include serious fines due to the potential harm to local ecosystems.

Extreme heat can also have health effects for workers, which in turn can contribute to an increased risk of an accident or explosion. Risks of summer-related heat illnesses include heat rash, cramps, exhaustion, and heatstroke. Extreme heat can also increase a worker’s risk of injury, as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, dizziness, or reduced brain function responsible for reasoning ability.

Common Causes of Workplace Explosions

  1. Hot Work: It’s not just hot weather than can negatively impact plant operations. Hot work is one of the leading causes of industrial fires across all industries. Hot work includes welding, sawing, and drilling — really anything that involves sparks or is a potential source for ignition. Fires and explosions can start from hot work when the sparks disperse and ignite any flammable items or substances nearby.
  2. Electrical Issues: Hazards – such as exposed wiring, overloaded outlets or circuits, and the overuse of extension cords – can all prove extremely dangerous. Not only can these issues cause an electrocution, but they can also ignite a spark. In certain work environments with hazardous chemicals or combustible elements, these sparks can result in large explosions.
  3. Flammable Chemicals: While working with flammable liquids and gasses involves some inherent danger, all available safety precautions should be taken to mitigate these risks for workers. Various workplace regulations dictate how chemicals should be handled in order to prevent an explosion or toxic exposure.

Texas Plant Explosion Lawyers

Texas is home to numerous plants and refineries with the potential to catch fire and/or explode.  If you have been injured in a plant explosion, the Texas injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group are here to help.  We understand how devastating plant explosions can be and have handled these cases with care for years.  Our experienced attorneys offer the skilled assistance you need to obtain the greatest financial compensation.  We offer free consultations to new clients.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as your right to file an injury claim is time sensitive – so contact us today.