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Poor storage practices that could trigger explosion in the workplace

Posted on April 17, 2015 4:24 pm under Fires and Explosions

The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries by Bureau of Labor statistics revealed that 143 fatalities from explosions were recorded in 2011. That translates to 3% of all work-related deaths across the country. Unfortunately, the prevalence of explosion incidents in the workplace has been attributed to the improper storage of flammable and explosive materials.

Some unsafe storage practices for flammable and explosive materials are:

  • Flammable and explosive materials are stored together with other types of chemicals
  • Storage containers for flammable materials are placed near heat sources
  • Storage containers for flammable materials are placed beside walkways, blocking access
  • Storage areas are not equipped with spill protection
  • Storage room is not properly marked
  • Storage room does not have proper ventilation

Unfortunately, some instances of explosion have been proven to be the result of an employer’s failure to invest in workplace safety features in an attempt to cut costs. To learn more about taking legal action after being hurt in an explosion incident in Appleton, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.