Workers at many industrial sites recognize the danger that exists at their jobsite. They know that if they work in a chemical plant or a petroleum refinery, the danger of fire, explosion and toxic exposure is great. They, however, do not control the overall safety of the process.
A trend is growing more popular across the nation that is changing the face of some industries. There are many reasons for this shift, and of course many conflicting opinions over why it has occurred, but more and more companies are looking towards temporary workers to fulfill their staffing needs.
A massive explosion and fire at a propane tank plant in Florida injured eight workers, four of whom critically and sent 200-foot fireballs rocketing through the night on July 30. It is unclear what triggered the blast, whether it was equipment failure or human error, but the fire burned for hours, as thousands of the 53,000 20-lb propane tanks that were at the plant caught fire and burned.
News concerning workers and accidents don't generate much interest in the news media, or from politicians. Last week's coverage of the explosion of the fertilizer factory in West, Texas is a good example. While the major networks were literally all atwitter over the manhunt to capture the Boston Marathon Bombers, the town of West was blown apart by the explosion of products on the site of the West Fertilizer Factory.