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Questions Raised About Safety Standards After Texas Explosion

Most people have heard about the explosion that took place at the fertilizer plant in the West Texas region. At the end of the incident, 14 people were found dead, and over 200 had been injured. It is estimated that the damages of the incident are around $100 million but the full cost is still yet to be discovered. The reason for the explosion has since then been looked into, with a number of potential causes being pursued. Even a criminal investigation has been opened up to determine if there was any tampering that led to the event. One of the main things that many people wanted to know immediately after was if negligence was a contributing factor. Fingers have been pointed in all directions in regards to who is to blame yet it appears that those in Texas are not saying much about the regulations in the state and its free market stance.

Business here are not required to offer workers' compensation coverage and there is no mandatory fire code for the state. Texas has a significantly high number of fatalities amongst workers, with around 400 on an annual basis. Some believe that this lax approach is responsible for the incident, as they believe other lenient rules have led to many explosions and fires throughout plants in the state. Illinois comes in as the state with the second most high risk sites, but still, Texas has over 300 times the level of costs for property damage, three times more number of accidents and four times more fatalities and injuries. While this is in no way known to be the exact cause of the incident, many are wondering if it is time to start talking about the regulations in the state.

Still the other side counters that working in the industry puts them in a better position to determine what regulations should be taken, rather than sending in government workers to impose their own standards. Texas holds to its ability to not micromanage and to allow business owners to run their business how they see fit. Changing these aspects may change some of the areas that many residents love about Texas. The state is home to over 700 fertilizers depots, many of which hold the same chemicals responsible for the recent explosion. Without understanding what caused the accident to occur, it is unclear if higher regulations are the answer. Our firm handles a multitude of personal injury cases, and we seek compensation for the victims of an accident. Contact us to find out what we can do in your case.

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