As early as possible after you have been injured or lost a loved one in a gas explosion on a construction site, contact us at Greenberg & Stein, P.C. We are available 24/7 and can come to meet with you if you are unable to visit us at our firm, and an attorney from our team can review your case to determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
We understand what a devastating experience this may be for you and your family, and are prepared to provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need to maximize the value of your accident settlement.
Gas explosions occur in a variety of circumstances on construction sites in New York City, but one of the most common is when the crew is digging and strikes a buried gas pipeline. This can nearly always be prevented through reasonable preparation, given that such lines should be marked on maps of the worksite. Whether the error was caused by mistakes in surveying or careless operation of digging equipment, the accident victims are most likely entitled to claim damage.
Explosions may also be the result of a gas leak being ignited, such as when a tank is improperly sealed or as a result of defective equipment and machinery. Another common example is when tools or heavy equipment strike a compressed gas tank, igniting the fuel and causing it to explode.
A gasoline, propane or natural gas explosion usually occurs suddenly and without warning, giving the victims no chance to flee or take cover. Workers may suffer burns in the flames at the site of the explosion, and those even at a distance may be struck by debris and shrapnel. This type of accident can also easily cause death-the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that fire and explosions caused 26 deaths in the construction industry in 2010.