An investigation was launched on February 8, 2010 for determining the cause of a recent explosion at a Middletown, Connecticut power plant that killed at least five people and injured a dozen or more others. Based on a northjersey.com story, the huge explosion of the under-construction power plant occurred on February 7, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. and was so massive that residents heard and felt the boom as far as 20 miles away. Approximately 50 to 60 people were in the area at the time of the blast, and while hospital officials have not released the conditions of all of those injured in the power plant explosion, the report mentioned that one pipefitter injured in the explosion suffered a broken leg and wounds ranged from minor to very serious.
Construction for the 620-megawatt power plant was almost complete prior to the explosion. It was being built to produce energy mainly using natural gas, which, according to the report, accounts for almost a fifth of the nation’s electricity. The Connecticut Fire Marshalls and Colorado members of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigates industrial chemical accidents, are currently working together in determining exactly what happened. The explosion took place while workers for the O&G Industries construction company were purging a gas line and clearing it of air.
Work-related injury is a serious issue, especially when explosions at the workplace are involved. Although explosions at power plants do not occur every day, and thankfully so, such incidents take place throughout the United States more than most Americans would like to admit. Construction or power plant workers who are injured on-the-job may be able to obtain workers’ compensation and possibly even recover damages for their suffering and losses associated with injuries, loss of wages and trauma.
If you have been injured while at work, whether due to an explosion or another circumstance created by an unsafe working environment, please contact Lependorf & Silverstein. Our New Jersey workers compensation lawyers can help. Call 609-240-0040 for a free and confidential consultation of your potential case.