Construction sites are already rife with dangerous hazards and public safety concerns, but one hazard stands head and shoulders above the rest: Construction site explosions. Even a small explosion – whether it takes place during a small remodeling endeavor or a major construction project – can impact hundreds of construction workers, pedestrians, and nearby residents.
According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), there are almost 25,000 construction site injuries in the United States each year, along with dozens of tragic fatalities. Here at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., we’re dedicated to helping those who have been affected by dangerous construction explosions, and ensuring that they receive proper compensation from any negligent parties.
What Causes Construction Explosions?
Because construction site workers are often required to work around sensitive natural materials as well as electrical and gas lines, there are many possible causes for construction explosions. Of course, one of the most common underlying causes is negligence, which means that someone failed to exercise their “duty of care” in keeping construction workers or nearby pedestrians safe. For example, the explosion may have been caused because someone once violated city building codes, or because the construction project manager failed to take key safety concerns into consideration.
Some of the most common examples of negligence can include:
- Improperly sealed and/or undetected gas leaks in the building
- Failing to store flammable or dangerous chemicals in a safe place
- Unplanned excavations that result in damage to gas lines
- Incorrectly connected gas appliances
- Careless or reckless behavior while working around hazardous materials
If you were injured in a construction site accident while working, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. Alternatively, if a third party was responsible for your injuries, you may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.
Regardless of your unique circumstances, our Rhode Island attorneys can help you seek the financial recovery you need to cover medical bills and other expenses. We understand how painful construction explosion injuries can be, and we can apply years of powerful trial experience to pursue justice in your case.
Do you need a construction explosion lawyer? Contact Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. today at (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation.