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Gas line explosion causes burn injuries to construction worker

Working around natural gas is extremely dangerous, and construction workers are often exposed to this deadly hazard. Inadvertently puncturing high-pressure gas lines can cause explosions that result in life-changing injuries or worse. For this reason, it is vital for construction company owners nationwide, including here in California, to consult with service providers of natural gas to ensure diggings and excavation will be safe.

A high-pressure steel gas line in another state was recently punctured during excavation at a construction site. The explosion that followed reportedly sent flames hundreds of feet up into the sky and caused several cars in the area to explode. As a precaution, residential homes in the area were evacuated. Miraculously, only one worker was injured. This man suffered severe burn injuries.

Because the gas in these lines is under several hundred pounds of pressure, an explosion can be devastating. Consulting with a certified locator to ensure gas is shut off prior to excavation activities can prevent such accidents. An accident investigation will determine whether this construction company owner arranged for any gas lines to be flagged.

Following gas line explosions, injured workers may be unable to return to work for extended periods -- especially those who have suffered burn injuries. Medical treatment and the associated costs will likely be ongoing if skin grafts have to be done over time. Fortunately, such workers and their families have access to the California workers' compensation insurance system for benefits to cover medical expenses and lost income, which is typically based upon the average weekly wage of the injured worker. In cases in which debilitating injuries are suffered, additional compensation may be awarded.

Source: fox2now.com, "Construction worker injured in large explosion near Glen Carbon, IL", Betsey Bruce, April 6, 2016

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