Explosions and fires can happen in really any workplace across the U.S., but they are more common in some industries – including the construction industry. Workers who are present during an explosion can receive some of the most catastrophic injuries, changing their lives forever, which is why it is important to understand why these accidents happen and who can be held liable. One of the biggest reasons why explosions are so dangerous are because they can trigger other accidents like secondary explosions, fires, or structural damage that can harm workers who weren’t even close to the initial explosion.
Construction Explosions in New Jersey
New Jersey is not exempt from these events, as the dangers of construction can be found across the country. For example, in September of last year, a construction worker who was helping to transfer fuel from underground tanks was badly burned when an explosion occurred in the midst of the job. Sparks from the worker’s cutting device slipped into the tank and caught fire, eventually causing the explosion. The worker was thrown about five feet and suffered first and second-degree burns across his body.
In another accident in New Jersey many years ago, construction workers hut a gas line in an apartment, causing an explosion and massive amounts of fire throughout the complex. 12 families were left homeless and various people were injured, one of which was reported to be in critical condition from her burns.
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Some of the injuries caused by fires and explosions can be life-threatening and overwhelming for all involved. Many of the most common injuries include:
- Loss of limb
- Burns of various, severe degrees
- Blast lung or pulmonary barotrauma
- Middle ear damage
- Eye penetration
- Crush injuries
- Abdominal hemorrhage
- Open Brain Injury
- Spinal Damage
As you can see, many of these injuries are extremely serious and can cause chaos in your day-to-day lifestyle as you are left with few options of work while you recover. So what can you do?
Employers are supposed to protect their workers from harm at all costs, and explosions are actually extremely preventable with the right standards in place. Employers are supposed to train all workers on the dangers that could exist in their very workplace and the specific hazards on each worksite. Many explosions, for instance, can be prevented by good housekeeping practices like keeping a work area free of flammable materials and maintaining equipment properly. There should also be fire safety policies added to every workplace to prevent these accidents at all costs.
Whoever is deemed responsible for the cause of the blast will usually be the center of the initial investigation. Did an employer fail to maintain proper procedures on-site? Was there a contractor who did not abide by safety measures? What about a manufacturer? These are all parties to consider, as there could be a variety of responsible parties involved in these accidents.
Compensation When You Need it Most
When you have sustained an explosion in the construction workplace and injuries have resulted, you could be left with the devastating effect of medical bills, time out of work, and the need for extensive rehabilitation. This is why it is important to call us today, as we have experience in construction accidents and can help you receive the compensation you deserve after your accident. You may be eligible for workers’ comp and more, so give us a call today to speak with us about your case.