The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) provides particular rules and regulations for employers and contractors to follow when teaching employees how to handle and work near flammable and combustible liquids. These safety standards are elaborate and should be enforced, monitored, and maintained to the best of employee and employer ability in order to prevent incidents of explosion or fire and subsequent burn injuries, lung damage, or other serious injury.
An explosion took place recently at a former gas station located on the corner of Vauxhall Road and Millburn Avenue. According to reports, a contractor was cutting tubular metal barriers with a gas-powered saw when sparks set off lingering gasoline vapors in underground tanks. The worker and two others were treated by fire department personnel at the scene of the explosion. The worker was transported to a local hospital with shock symptoms and possible internal injuries which were said to be non-life threatening. The two other hurt individuals suffered minor injuries.
The blast shattered storefront windows at two neighboring businesses, Center Cleaners and Livingston Mart, but no other injuries or structural damage to additional businesses or residents resulted as a consequence.
There is no doubt that dismantling a defunct gas station is an intricate job with potential risks. Although the explosion is said to only be accidental, pending lab results, if some form of negligence is detected on the part of the injured worker’s employer, a claim may be filed by the injured employee.
As experienced New Jersey explosion attorneys, we are concerned about gas station accidents that have recently occurred in Essex County. Unfortunately, fire and explosion incidents can happen on various job sites and in factories when proper safety procedures are ignored or misinterpreted. If you have been injured in an explosion or fire while on the job in New Jersey, you may be able to file a claim to obtain damages for loss of wages, pain and suffering, and medical bills. Call Lependorf & Silverstein today at 609-240-0040 for your free consultation.