Some job sites are by nature more dangerous than others, especially the oil and gas rigs and refineries of New Mexico.
Gas explosions, and the catastrophic injuries that result, can be all too common. However, oil and gas workers aren’t the only ones that should be careful about the possibility of a gas explosion.
There are several causes of New Mexico gas explosions. It’s important to know how to protect yourself and what to do if you or a loved one have been injured in a gas explosion accident.
What are 5 common causes of workplace fires and explosions?
The Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine lists these five causes as the most common for potential fires and explosions:
- Electrical hazards, such as overloaded sockets or exposed wiring
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Hot work, such as welding or other work that causes sparks around gas
- Friction and heat built up in machinery
- Improper storage of gas and other flammable liquids
Sometimes, the job site itself is unsafe. Employees should take proper precautions when working around natural gas and always use safety equipment. However, your employer or the rig owner also must provide a safe working environment, including taking these steps:
- Surveying the site for potential hazards
- Establishing and communicating fire prevention and emergency procedures
- Training employees properly, especially for safety protocols
- Regularly inspecting equipment and ensuring proper maintenance
Even if your employer follows all OSHA safety guidelines, one or two reckless individuals can endanger the entire workforce.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that 115 people were killed in workplace explosions and fires in 2018, and many more were seriously injured. Many of these accidents were preventable.
Explosions Caused by Faulty Machinery
Sometimes, gas explosions occur because of defective machinery, which neither employers nor employees could foresee or be responsible for.
If your heavy machinery had a flaw in its design during its manufacturing process that subsequently led to an explosion, the Hunt Law legal team could help. We’ll pursue a faulty product lawsuit against the manufacturer on your behalf.
Oil Rig and Gas Explosions
Explosions are an inherent risk in the oil and gas industry due to the combination of heavy machinery and flammable materials. Many explosions involving oil and gas can occur due to:
- Improper ventilation systems and accumulation of hazardous fumes
- Defective equipment batteries, pipelines, hoses, or pipes
- Equipment failure
An oil rig or gas explosion causes catastrophic injuries and can kill or seriously maim many workers.
What are common gas explosion injuries?
Fires or explosions can result in life-altering injuries, including:
- Concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Crush injuries
- Cuts, lacerations, and contusions
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Spinal cord or neck injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
Sometimes, the injury may be fatal.
What kind of damages am I entitled to after a gas explosion?
Your personal injury lawyer will file a claim on your behalf if you’ve been injured due to a workplace gas explosion.
We can claim current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and even wrongful death. If your injuries are life-altering, you may be entitled to compensation for a diminished quality of life and reduced earning potential.
Hunt Law – A Legal Team that Makes a Difference
Have you or someone you love been injured or killed due to a gas explosion? We can help.
Hunt Law is a personal injury firm with years of experience representing the interests of people just like you. Our service areas include Northern New Mexico: Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Raton, Roswell, Los Alamos, and Las Vegas, NM.
We fight for your rights and help you get the settlement you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation about your case.