Manhole Explosion Accident In Syracuse Injures National Grid Contractor Along Butternut Street
ONONDAGA COUNTY, NEW YORK (September 11, 2021) – A national grid contractor was injured in some type of manhole explosion accident on Butternut Street in Syracuse, NY.
Onondaga County are saying that the explosion took place around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. For reasons that remain under investigation there was an explosion that injured a contractor and left 1,300 people without power.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. They were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
National Grid crews continued working after the accident in order to restore power to the area. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Syracuse Worksite Explosion Accidents
Explosions remain a major cause of serious injury and death for workers in the United States. According to one report from OSHA more than 5,000 workers are injured in worksite explosions every year. These incidents can leave workers with permanent and debilitating injuries. For example, many workers injured in explosions experience severe burn injuries, neurological damage and organ trauma. Explosions can occur in many different industries across a variety of environments including:
- Electrical explosions
- Oil and gas explosions
- Construction site explosions
- Mining operation explosions
- Chemical explosions
In most situations, worksite explosions are avoidable and due to lapses in safety protocols. There are a number of different measures that companies and cities can take in order to reduce the likelihood of workers being injured from explosions. For example, combustible gas should only be handled in open, well-ventilated areas. Similarly, the use of proper electrical equipment in potentially hazardous locations can eliminate common ignition sources.
Employers in New York can be liable for accidents that arise from their failure to maintain a safe environment for workers. According to New York Labor Law 241(6) employers in construction, excavation or demolition must “provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety to the persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.” The New York Appellate Division, Second Department issued an opinion under Lopez v. New York City Dept. of Envtl. Protection, 123 A.D.3d 982, 983 (2014) which stated that § 241(6) imposes a “nondelegable duty of reasonable care upon owners and contractors.” As such, New York employers cannot evade liability by hiring a third party company tasked with maintaining safety standards.
In short, Industrial Code rule violations that lead to accidents could expose employers to liability. For example, untrained workers should not be put in harm’s way by being asked to work next to live electrical current. Workers should also not be put in confined spaces where noxious fumes could accrue and ignite. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any workplace accident.
- Medical records should be preserved
- Surveillance footage should be sought
- An independent investigation should be performed
- A workplace accident attorney should be consulted
Any person that is injured in an explosion may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until some time after an accident. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. However, victims must act within the statute of limitations to preserve their rights.
Investigating A Syracuse Workplace Explosion Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the injured National Grid contractor as they continue to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. There needs to be a thorough investigation so that similar incidents can be prevented.
This incident raises a number of questions. What was the cause of this explosion? Was the victim given adequate protective equipment? Could this have been prevented? Worker safety should be the number one concern for every employer. But far too often corners are cut and workers are the ones who pay the price with their bodies and lives.