In June, 3 utility workers were injured after a gas leak caused an explosion and fire in Brooklyn. In September, a faulty plan to replace gas pipes led to multiple explosions and fires near Boston, killing one person, injuring 20, and leaving others without homes. Gas explosions are usually preventable and can cause serious and devastating injuries.
Causes of Gas Explosions
Gas explosions are usually the result of some type of gas leak that is combined with an ignition spark. Valves, gas tanks, and gas lines are supposed to be leak proof so if there is some kind of leak it is typically caused by someone’s negligence. Gas leaks can occur inside the home, in the work place, and in the streets. Gas leaks can be the result of:
- Defective gas pipes
- Failure to inspect gas lines
- Illegal or improper tapping of gas lines
- Improperly installed appliances
- Defectively designed or manufactured appliances
- Failure to follow safety and building codes
- Improper handling of hazardous materials
New York City is particularly vulnerable to gas explosions due to the aging gas distribution system. Many of the gas mains in the city are made of cast iron and unprotected steel which are prone to leaks.
Who is Liable for a Gas Explosion?
National Grid and Con Edison are the two companies responsible for providing gas to the five boroughs. If a gas explosion is caused by a leak in one of the city’s gas mains, these companies may be held liable for any negligence. If an explosion occurs in the home as the result of a defectively installed appliance or a failure to adhere to safety codes, a landlord or building owner may be the responsible party. In some cases, the party that installed or repaired a gas connection can be held liable. In the case of appliances that are defectively designed or manufactured, a product liability claim may be filed against the appliance’s manufacturer.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Gas explosion cases can be complex, so if you’ve been injured in a gas explosion, you should have an experienced attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.