Facilities that house dangerous materials must take every available precaution in ensuring that the surrounding community is safe, and should be even more vigilant in ensuring the safety of their employees. However, as a recent chemical spill in Beechmont illustrates, people in the surrounding area of a chemical plant are still at significant risk in the event an accident does occur. According to a Courier Journal article, a class-action lawsuit has been filed by affected-Beechmont residents who sustained injury as a result of the spill.
Reportedly, a chemical spill at the Nuplex Resins plant resulted in chemical vapors seeping into sewer pipes and into the city’s water supply, affecting nearby residents in the process. The lawsuit cites loss of property value as one result of the chemical accident, and at least one diagnosed incident of chemical exposure. The plant manufactures resin for industrial-grade paints, and has had a spotty track record of wastewater disposal since the year 2000. Compensation for loss of property values and adverse health consequences are being sought after in the suit.
Regardless of whether or not a place of business is handling and disposing of dangerous materials, that company has the responsibility of maintaining not only a safe work environment, but also of protecting neighboring residents as well. A failure to protect employees while on the job is considered negligent action on the part of a business owner. An individual who is adversely affected by a company’s failure to monitor a premise’s safety and prevent hazardous conditions may be able to hold property owners liable.
At Maples Law Firm, our skilled Oklahoma premises liability attorneys represent individuals injured in Oklahoma accidents that take place due to a property owner’s negligence. If you’ve sustained injury on another person’s property, whether while on the job or as a customer at a local business, please contact us today at 1-888-429-0609 for more information and a free evaluation of your premises injury case.