Q Should I pursue a case against my employer if a ruptured gas pipeline caused my injury?
Yes! Many cases have been fought—and won—due to injuries in Texas Eastern Pipeline projects. In one case, over 100 people suffered serious burns when a gas pipeline blew near an apartment complex in Edison, allegedly as a result of the company’s reluctance to fix a known defect in the pipe. But while many of these victims received settlements, it can be slightly more difficult if you are working for the company when the gas pipeline injury occurs.
Here are a few ways you could be entitled to more than workers’ compensation:
- Proper inspection. Safety inspections must be done both during and after the completion of a pipeline project. This includes regular air monitoring in all work areas to avoid asphyxiation and explosions, as well as the installation of a manual electrical shut down control that can be easily accessed if a leak is detected.
- Flammable materials. Gas companies not only have a duty to prevent explosions, they must also have fireproof structures in place to contain them. Many workers have suffered burns, loss of limbs, or even death when safety walls collapsed or failed to contain a spreading fire.
- Unsafe drilling or blasting. Any underground operation that involves drilling or blasting near natural gas should have the air continuously tested for toxic levels before employees are allowed to enter the area. Employees must also be trained in proper welding and hot work procedures while in gassy areas.
If you think you might have a case against your employer, you will likely need to have someone investigate the accident. It is important that you not trust your company’s word on what happened, as they will likely downplay their involvement. While an inspection team will likely visit the accident site, you may have difficulty getting a copy of their findings—and getting company safety records is next to impossible without an attorney. Click the link on this page to find out how we can help you, or read through our client testimonials to see what our clients have to say.