Over 270 Hazardous Chemical Incidents Have Occurred in the United States

Working in the petrochemical industry poses various dangers to workers due to the hazardous nature of the materials and processes involved. One of the primary risks is exposure to toxic chemicals, which can lead to serious health issues such as respiratory problems, skin irritation, and even long-term illnesses like cancer. Additionally, the potential for fires, explosions, and other accidents is a constant concern in petrochemical facilities, putting workers at risk of severe injuries or fatalities. When high-pressure and high-temperature equipment malfunctions, it can further increase the likelihood of severe chemical incidents. 

Since the beginning of 2021, there have been over 825 hazardous chemical incidents. This includes fires, explosions, and harmful chemical releases, according to the Coalition to Prevent Chemical Release. According to the Federal Policy Director of Coming Clean, “preventable chemical incidents are happening far too often across the country” and “communities shouldn’t have to leave their homes, shelter in place, or worry for the safety of their air and water because chemicals plants can’t contain their toxic chemicals.”

During the same period at least 42 people have lost their lives in the immediate aftermath of chemical incidents. At least 150 people were injured or hospitalized. According to Michele Roberts the National Coordinator of the EJHA (Environmental Justice and Health Alliance), “it is inexcusable that hazardous facilities are permitted to harm communities of color and low-income communities so disproportionately.”

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or the loss of a family member due to a chemical release, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or call toll-free at 1-800-870-9584.