Safety standards at fertilizer plants gained heightened attention following the Texas explosion. Preventing work injuries in North Carolina requires both state and federal inspections.
The Texas plant explosion was a result of negligence. The facility had no firewalls or water sprinklers, and safety inspections were not part of the routine. The plant had a history of violations and fines. How are safety procedures carried out at fertilizer plants in North Carolina? Central North Carolina is home to one of the state's largest fertilizer plants. North Carolina fertilizer plants must:
- Pass monthly safety inspections
- Have emergency plans (reviewed by Department of Labor)
- Pass Department of Labor inspections
Over 160 people were injured and a half dozen others died in the Texas plant explosion. Innocent workers and their families now suffer life-changing injuries and losses. Survivors are now coming to term with disfigurement, loss of limbs, scarring, lost wages, and more.
If you are an employer at a fertilizer plant in North Carolina, or another facility where you are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals, and you are concerned about the safety of your work environment, you can file a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Labor. (Employees have the right to remain anonymous when reporting workplace safety complaints in NC.) Our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh help workers who have developed illnesses or injuries as a result of their working environment or job duties. In North Carolina workers' comp cases, our attorneys help injured employees complete and file all necessary documents with the Industrial Commission. Learn about starting the North Carolina workers' comp process and what to do if your employer does not have workers' comp insurance.