With the building collapse in Dhaka this week and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas earlier this month, April has been catastrophic for industrial accidents. As the media focuses on the tragic consequences of work place accidents, here is a look at the 10 worst industrial accidents to occur in the last decade:


Glasgow Plastics Factory Explosion – May 2004

Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured in an explosion which flattened a plastics factory in the west end of Glasgow. Around 100 people worked in the four-storey Stockline Plastics building in Grovepark Street that was destroyed by the blast.


Belgian Pipeline Explosion – July 2004

Twenty five people were killed and 150 people were seriously injured in 2004 at Ghislenghien, Belgium when an underground pipeline exploded. The high pressure gas pipe was damaged during the construction of a factory car park. The damage went unnoticed for 14 days until the pipeline ruptured and caused a huge explosion in the industrial zone 25 miles southwest of Brussels.


Texas City Refinery Explosion – March 2005

A large explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery killed 15 workers and injured 180 in one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S history. The explosion occurred when hydrocarbon liquid and vapour were released and ignited.


London Fuel Depot Explosion – December 2005

A series of explosions in a fuel depot in Hemel Hempstead injured 43 people. The depot was the fifth largest in Britain and was jointly run by oil companies Total and Texaco.


West Virginia Coal Mine Collapse – January 2006

A coal mine in Sago, West Virginia, collapsed following an explosion, killing 12 miners.


Venezuela Refinery Explosion – August 2012

An explosion at Amuay Refinery, Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery, killed 39 people and wounded many more. It is one of the worst industrial accidents to hit Venezuela’s large oil industry.


Karachi Garment Factory Fire – September 2012

A fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed 289 workers and injured 110 more. The factory made garments for Western stores.


Bangladesh Factory Fire – November 2012

A fire that ripped through the Tazreen Fashions factory in a suburb outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh killed 112 workers and injured more than 150. Tazreen had made goods for Walmart and Sears. It was the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh’s history and brought scrutiny on the country’s garment industry.


Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion – April 2013

A huge explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, injured more than 160 people and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings. The death toll currently stands at 15.


Dhaka Building Collapse – April 2013

An eight-story building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, killing at least 270  people. The building was home to several garment factories that employed an estimated 2,500 workers. Workers from the factory said cracks were discovered the day before the collapse, but the owners of the factory told them the building was safe.


Many people die from accidents at work, leaving families distraught. Claiming compensation may be essential for families to continue living a stable life. If the fatal accident was someone else’s fault, families may be able to claim compensation on behalf of the deceased.

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