Every year, construction workers are injured or killed due to fires and explosions. Approximately 5K fires occur on construction sites in the US each year. Common construction activities, like welding, wiring electricity, or torching can be the starting point of a large, devastating fire. Moreover, construction sites are often filled with flammable or explosive materials, that, when handled or stored incorrectly, can lead to a tragic outcome.
How to prevent fires on construction sites:
- Remove flammable materials near the hot work area. Before engaging in any construction activity that produces flames or sparks, such as welding, brazing or cutting, or working with electrical wires, the workspace should be cleared of any potential flammable or explosive materials
- Have proper firefight equipment on-hand. Considering the high possibility of a fire occurring, construction sites should have proper working, and well-placed firefighting equipment, including fire extinguishers, hoses, and water.
- Have a fire safety plan. Every worker on the site should receive instruction and training on what to do in case of a fire. The fire evacuation route should be clear at all times and easily accessible, and the employer or the person in charge of the construction site should hold regular fire evacuation drills.
If you were injured in a fire or explosion on a construction site, it is important to act quickly to ensure the best possible outcome. The lawyers at John M. O’Brien & Associates have many years of experience in representing construction fire injury cases. After reviewing your case, we can tell you if you are entitled to pursue a claim and against whom. Call us today for a free initial consultation.