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Seven Injured at Explosion at New Jersey Chemical Plant

New Jersey is one of America's oldest major manufacturing centers. Many manufacturing companies in New Jersey were established in the 1800s, when "environmental protection" was unheard of and factory safety was not given much consideration.

Chemical-related factories, which can be particularly hazardous, are a major part of New Jersey's economy. The chemical industry is the third largest employer in the state, with over 57,000 people.

The hazards of working in a chemical plant were highlighted recently in an October 6, 2012 explosion at the Sun Chemical plant in East Rutherford. Seven people were injured in the wake of an explosion that occurred while workers were mixing a batch of newspaper ink for the New York Times. The flames originally affected two workers and spread to five more after a worker used a fire extinguisher on the burning vat of chemicals.

In the wake of the accident, US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) has called on the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to investigate. The board was created by legislation that was originally introduced by Senator Lautenberg.

In addition, Senator Lautenberg has introduced the "Secure Chemical Facilities Act," which is intended to improve chemical plant safety for workers, the public, and the environment.

When introducing the bill Lautenberg said:

A catastrophic accident or terrorist attack at one of America's chemical plants or water treatment facilities would have devastating consequences for the surrounding communities. In New Jersey more than 12 million people live close to one high-risk plant. These plants provide valuable services, but they also pose significant threats. When companies use dangerous chemicals, it is essential that they also use the safest methods available. This common-sense legislation would ensure a thorough review of risk, and help us move toward more secure plants and safer communities.

If you or a family member have been injured in an industrial accident in New Jersey, contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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