Some lines of work are just inherently more dangerous than others. Construction sites are always dangerous, but depending on what is being built, the danger can certainly vary. As exemplified by a recent 620-megawatt gas-fired power plant explosion in central Connecticut, the severity of construction site accidents can be great, and can often result in significant personal injury or even workplace wrongful death.
A recent CNN.com article talks about an accident that took the lives of five people and injured at least 12 more. Reportedly, a Middletown power plant that is currently under construction was the site of a gas explosion. Officials from Kleen Power Plant explained that workers were purging a natural gas pipeline when the explosion occurred, but offered little explanation as to what caused the incident to occur in the first place. It is estimated that 50-60 workers may have been at the site at the time of the explosion, and urban search-and-rescue teams were sent in to comb the rubble in an attempt to find accident victims. Middlesex Hospital received 11 accident victims from the explosion, and injuries ranged from minor to more severe, with some patients sustaining broken bones and blunt trauma.
According to the news story, no previous incidents had been reported at this particular construction site. However, that’s not to say that some sort of negligent action didn’t contribute towards this accident taking place. In all workplaces, it is absolutely essential that employers take every necessary precaution when safeguarding the well being of their employees.
In cases where an employer’s negligence does contribute towards employee injury, the employer may be held liable for damages pertaining to that injury, such as medical bills and physical therapy fees. At Anapol Weiss, our Philadelphia injured at work attorneys will examine the circumstances surrounding the accident that caused your injury, and will hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions. If you’ve been injured, or have lost a family member because of employer negligence in the work place, please don’t hesitate to call us today at (866) 735-2792 for more information and a free consultation of your Pennsylvania on the job injury case.