California Fire and Burn Injury Reported By 11 Workers Following Gas Line Explosion

by Staff Blogger | April 20th, 2015

Fires and explosions that occur on a job site pose a serious health and safety risk to workers in California. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that dozens of workers suffered a serious or fatal California fire and burn injury as the result of exposure to a blast or flames on the jobsite.

To bring the dangers fires and explosions at the workplace can pose into perspective, let’s take a look at the blast that occurred last week at a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline. Reports from NBC Bay Area News indicate the explosion sent 11 people to the hospital, four of whom remain in critical condition.

Officials say a worker was driving a front-loader in the vicinity of the pipeline moments before the blast occurred. An investigation into the incident has determined that a vehicle striking the pipeline probably prompted the blast and that the worker operating the machinery had failed to notify the gas company about the location of his work so the pipeline could be flagged for avoidance.

The investigation into the incident is continuing; however the California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to remind any worker who suffers a fire and burn injury on the job to consider speaking with a qualified legal representative prior to accepting a settlement. Feel free to call us anytime to discuss your legal needs by dialing (800) 400-BERG.