Explosions are thankfully rare in most construction jobs, yet when they do happen, the consequences can be devastating. Major lacerations, burns, contusions, and head injuries are likely. In some cases, major spinal cord injuries can occur, leading to partial or total paralysis. The lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. know the dangers, which is why we remain committed to the people of Melbourne who are the victims of major construction accidents.
Whenever a construction company or any kind of industrial cleaning, excavation, or demolition crew is working at a site, it's important that they be aware of the job they are doing and any hazards that could result in a gas explosion. Let's look at potential causes of these deadly accidents.
The Dangers of Buried Gas Pipelines
Many gas explosions are the result of buried pipelines on a work site or around the work area. When these pipelines are struck, they can very suddenly explode, causing severe damage to the surrounding area as a result of the initial blast. Fires may also do serious damage following the explosion.
Thankfully these kinds of gas explosions can be avoided through proper planning and attentiveness. Crews should note any utility lines or pipes around the area in which they are working. By noting where hazards are located and taking the right steps to avoid them, serious explosions can be prevented with ease. All members of a company and crew should be made aware of these plans.
The Dangers of Gas Leaks
In some cases, the explosion is the result of a gas leak. This may be due to a broken gas pipe or a leaking gas main that goes undetected. If the leak is not repaired in a timely manner, the chances of an accidental explosion increase a great deal.
Because of this, all workers needs to be aware of any hint of gas in the area. If someone smells a gas leak, the proper safety measures should be taken to prevent explosions or fires and to have the leak addressed immediately.
Be Aware When Using Machinery and Equipment
Sometimes construction workers are required to work around existing gas pipelines. This can be a very delicate operation, particularly when heavy machinery or power tools are involved. Only well-trained and experienced workers should be carrying out these sorts of tasks.
In these instances, workers must use great caution and care when operating machinery and tools near existing gas mains or pipes. For added safety, it may be a good idea to arrange for the gas to be temporarily shut off while work is done in the area.
Use Caution When It Comes to Electrical Wiring
Sometimes the gas explosion isn't the result of damage to a gar main or pipe per se but something interacting with gas in the air. With this in mind, we'd like note that faulty wiring and poor electrical wiring can both trigger gas explosions if there is a leak. Make sure that any electrical work completed at a job is done properly. It not only puts construction workers and bystanders at risk, in the future this poor workmanship can lead to other tragedies for those who have to work or live in the building.
Learn More Your Rights in Construction Accidents
If you would like more information about your legal rights following a construction accident, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. is here to help you in your time of legal need.