Explosions are one of the many dangers of a typical construction site. Fires and explosions cause about three percent of all workplace accidents. The problem is that most of these accidents could have been prevented if the safety standards and regulations had been in place and respected. To make matters worse, many materials usually found on the site can increase the devastating effects of an explosion, creating a catastrophic chain reaction. Explosions are often caused by actions that are in violation of the safety procedures, such as:

  • Imprudent storage of flammable materials
  • Improper ventilation
  • Gas leaks
  • Faulty wiring
  • Underground pipelines struck by heavy machinery

Often, an explosion is caused by multiple factors and leads to a tragic outcome. Victims who survive the explosion are usually left with severe burns that require extensive treatment and cause permanent scars.

In order to minimize the risks of explosions and fires, construction sites are required to take preventive measures such as:

  • Have a fire protection program
  • Have firefighting equipment readily available and functional at all times
  • Properly instruct every worker on what to do in the event of a fire or explosion
  • Provide a fire alarm system
  • Create emergency exits before completing other construction tasks
  • Keep combustible waste materials properly contained
  • Be easily accessible by road
  • Keep any sources of ignition away from all flammable or explosive materials

If you have been injured in an explosion or fire at a construction site, whether as a worker, visitor, or passer-by, John M. O’Brien, experienced personal injury lawyer, can help you get financial compensation to pay for the medical treatment and other expenses.

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