Our attorneys handle NYC construction accidents involving explosions
Construction workers in New York City regularly work with hazardous and potentially explosive materials. When these combustible materials are not stored or handled properly, they can easily burn or explode, resulting in severe injuries or even death.
Explosive materials include compressed gas, petroleum, heating oil, combustible dust, dynamite and/or trapped gases from oil tanks, gas tanks and sewage tanks. Under certain conditions, these materials can explode and even cause nearby buildings to collapse. Workers near the explosion can be burned, injured by the force of the explosion or hit by flying debris.
If you or a loved one was injured in an explosion while working at a construction site in New York City, contact Giampa Law immediately. You may be able to take legal action. Our Bronx explosion accident attorneys have decades of experience dealing with such complicated construction accident cases in the Bronx and throughout New York City. We know what evidence matters most, what questions to ask and how build successful legal cases. Find out what we can do for you. Contact us today.
Why do explosions happen at construction sites?
There are many reasons why materials explode and cause serious injuries at construction sites. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Improper storage of explosive materials - Dynamite, compressed gas and other explosive materials must be stored at specific temperatures and humidity levels. Otherwise, the chemical compounds in such substances can become highly explosive. In particular, explosives must be kept in a magazine (holding structure) when being stored prior to their use and must not be placed in direct contact with interior walls in order to allow proper ventilation. Detonators must not be stored in the same area as other explosives. A magazine must be constructed in compliance with certain specifications in order to reduce the potential risk of an unwanted explosion.
- Untrained workers - Construction workers need to be trained how to properly use, store and handle potentially explosive materials in order to avoid an explosion.
- Improper instructions - Construction site explosions sometimes occur because an employee receives the wrong instructions from a supervisor, co-worker or someone else working at the construction site.
- Failure to follow safety guidelines - Some workers cut corners to save time. Other workers ignore guidelines for properly handling or storing explosive materials based on direct orders from a supervisor. Either way, dangerous explosions can easily occur.
- Accumulation of flammable gases - Flammable gases can be released from wells, trucks, and surface equipment. Such gases can ignite due to static, weather, frictional heat, sparks and by coming into contact with hot surfaces. Hot work (including cutting, brazing or welding) can also ignite flammable gases. In addition, flash fires or explosions can occur as a result of an accumulation of flammable gases, such as methane.
There are many different materials which can become explosive, especially when these materials are compressed into dust form. Examples include food, tobacco, wood, paper, pulp, iron, magnesium, coal and/or pesticides. These materials are found on construction sites and many manufacturing and production plants.
Make your case matter
Whatever the circumstances of your explosion accident, don't simply assume that workers' compensation will take care of everything. Talk to a lawyer who knows how to get injury victims the maximum compensation they deserve. Contact Giampa Law.
In many cases, construction accident explosions in New York City involve mistakes made by people who work for a different company. In such cases, injury victims and their families can pursue a third party contractor lawsuit to recover damages (financial compensation) for their injuries. Other companies can include:
- The owner of the property
- The company that manufactured the explosive materials
- The company that delivered the explosive materials
- Another contractor or subcontractor working at the same construction site
Find out if you have a strong legal case. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation right now. Best of all, you only pay us if we win your case.