Natural Gas Line Explosion Lawyers in Austin
When a gas line explodes, whether it happens at an industrial plant, on a construction site or in a residential home, the results can be devastating. Serious, catastrophic injuries often result from natural gas line explosions including severe burn injuries, fractures, spinal cord injuries, head trauma and death. Unfortunately, gas line explosions are not as rare as one might think.
Often, gas line explosions could have been prevented. Gas companies fail to enforce safety standards that are required by the federal government and put the lives of people at risk. Workers are not properly trained causing accidents and explosions. There are many other factors that contribute to gas line explosions, including:
- Defective gas line products.
- Worker carelessness or recklessness.
- Delays in scheduling equipment maintenance or repair that result in explosions.
- Safety procedures not in place or ignored.
- Gas leaks that result in explosions.
- Underground pipelines abandoned or left to corrode and then explode.
Work Related Deaths Due to Gas Line Explosions
Oil and gas field services and drilling workers are killed on the job in Texas more than any other profession according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of five years of fatal accidents investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support those findings: the BLS recorded 537 work-related deaths in Texas in 2012 alone – up 23% from 2011, and two thirds of those fatalities involved workers employed in the oil and gas extraction industry. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the oil and gas extraction industry (onshore and offshore combined) had a collective fatality rate from 2003 to 2010 that was seven times higher than all other U.S. workers.
Meanwhile, employment in the oil and natural gas industry has increased by 40 percent from the beginning of 2007 though the end of 2012, mostly due to the mushrooming of natural gas hydro-fracturing, or fracking. Along with this growth in the oil and natural gas industry, the fracking industry has contributed to a huge increase in injuries to employees and innocent bystanders in addition to disastrous, often irreversible, property damage.
Zinda Law Group Can Help You
Have you been injured in a natural gas explosion? Our lawyers work with industry experts from the natural gas line industry who can determine what caused the explosion and whether it could have been prevented. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a natural gas line explosion, let the experienced Personal Injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group ensure that you receive the level of compensation that you deserve. We can get your medical bills and lost wages paid, and secure compensation for your pain and suffering. Call us today for a free, no fee consultation. (800) 863-5312.