South Carolina workers in chemical manufacturing may be worried about the danger posed by workplace accidents and injuries. Accidents at a chemical plant could cause serious injuries and toxic exposure that can lead to lifelong disabilities. Workers are regularly exposed to hazardous and toxic chemicals, and without proper and safe handling, an accident can be fatal. Preventative measures are particularly important to avoid some of the most common injuries suffered by employees in chemical manufacturing.
Because the chemicals being used are often inherently flammable or toxic to humans, working in plants can be dangerous. Workplace safety is a major imperative. Employees may suffer from chemical burns, toxic exposure, inhalation of dangerous fumes, trips and falls and cuts and scrapes. Even the types of injuries that are common in other industries can be more problematic in a chemical plant environment. It may be seemingly impossible to entirely remove the risk of accidents, but employers can take action to make the workplace safer. In many cases, human error or complacency are involved in serious accidents. This may be more likely in an environment where employers fail to focus on the importance of abiding by safety rules, including federal OSHA regulations.
Improper training can also be a significant contributor to chemical accidents. When workers do not have the information they need to handle materials safely, serious incidents are more common and dangerous. In addition, it is important that machines and safety equipment are properly maintained after installation. Poorly maintained machinery can malfunction and fail.
Chemical workers who have been injured on the job may face mounting medical bills and be unable to return to work. In many cases, these injuries may have been caused by an employer’s negligence. Injured employees may want to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer about the potential to seek compensation for their damages.