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An 85-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey gas explosion on Thursday, September 8. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the natural gas explosion occurred at the Cypress Gardens apartment complex on Route 22 in North Plainfield. The man was adjusting his apartment’s heater and thermostat when it exploded, delivering burns to his arms, chest and face. The explosion was so strong that it blew out several windows in his apartment. The building did not sustain any structural damage and no one else was hurt.

Property owners have many legal obligations to tenants and visitors, many of which concern overall safety. All property owners must make sure that their buildings are constructed to code and properly maintained. They are also required to provide fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems that are in working order. Broken steps and cracked floors must be repaired. Defective and dangerous appliances such as stoves and heaters need to be replaced. Property owners who fail to protect their tenants may be held liable for any injuries that result from their negligence.

Proving that a property owner was responsible for an injury accident is not as simple as it sounds. A skilled liability attorney will examine all aspects of the incident and help determine fault and premises liability. In some cases, serious accidents can also occur as a result of defective products. In such cases, the manufacturer of the defective product can also be held liable.

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.
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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.
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