President Signs New Order After West Explosion

Destroyed house

Credit: State Farm

In the wake of a massive and deadly blast at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, President Obama has issued an executive order that is intended to improving safety and security at facilities that store and manufacture hazardous chemicals.

The executive order came on the eve of a Thursday morning congressional subcommittee meeting regarding the deadly blast that has been scheduled.

The President’s order calls for a new working group for safety and security that will be made up of officials from a number of federal agencies. The group’s purpose is to identify ways to assist state and local agencies and emergency service responders to insure that facilities which store or manufacture dangerous chemicals are both safe and secure. The group will also work with agencies local to facilities that would help in their identification and management of security.

The explosion in Central Texas killed 15 people, injured more than 300 others and destroyed scores of homes, businesses and public facilities in the small farming community. One of the results of the tragedy is that it made clear there were definite problems with current local, state and federal regulations that dealt with both safety and disaster preparedness. There are many other facilities that may have similar issues throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. that need to be examined carefully to insure public safety.

A Fact Sheet regarding the President’s order can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/157443650/FACT-SHEET-Executive-Order-on-Improving-Chemical-Facility-Safety-and-Security

Chemical plants and refineries are common in the state of Texas. These worksites are complex and have many required safety regulations and emergency procedures that can help prevent accidents. But even in the best case scenario, things can go wrong. Industrial and on-the-job accidents can happen at any time. Even for employees who do not work in high-risk fields at an industrial complex or in construction or other high risk job, a workplace accident may happen at the office or when an employee is carrying out the duties associated with their employment. Falls, construction accidents, auto accidents as well as industrial accidents in chemical plants and refineries are all examples of potential workplace and industrial accidents.  Incidents can even happen that affect homeowners surrounding a facility that can lead to serious injury or even death.

Everyone has the right to recover financial damages for a workplace or industrial accident. When you consider that a work accident or damages from a plant accident may leave you with not only serious medical bills and a future that involves missed work, decreased income and increased expenses, but can leave you without a home or having lost a loved one, recovering financial compensation becomes important.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or has been tragically lost in a workplace or industrial accident, give us a call. Our experienced Dallas-area attorneys have successfully represented our clients in the Texas legal system. We can get you the highest level of compensation possible for your injuries, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering. When you call our legal professionals we will take the time to go over the details of your case, outline possible courses of action and get the process started. We are here to help you and your family. Call us today. Your initial consultation is confidential and without cost or obligation.

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