Construction sites are known to be one of the more potentially dangerous types of workplace to exist today. Having said that, it is worth noting that the vast majority of sites are kept as safe as conceivably possible by responsible employers who take every precaution possible to ensure they are safe at all times.
Incidents such as construction site explosions are thankfully few and far between. However, there is the potential they will occur if inappropriate safety measures are taken with the way people work. For example there may be certain procedures that are not followed that subsequently lead to an explosion taking place.
Are construction site explosions common?
No – and it is most important to make this abundantly clear. There are few situations that could potentially result in an explosion occurring. A risk assessment should identify any potential for this to happen so people can take appropriate action to avoid such an occurrence.
Accident Advice Helpline has assisted people in the past who have been involved in situations where an explosion has occurred. Injuries in these situations can range from minor to far more serious, depending on where people were when the explosion happened. Obviously the nature of the explosion will be investigated once the initial search and rescue phase of the accident is over.
Prevention is the main aim
Obviously no one would want an explosion of any kind to occur. This is where health and safety measures and associated risk assessments come in. These can combine to ensure any potential danger of this type is recognised and dealt with so the potential hazard is dealt with and does not actually come to fruition. For example if work is being carried out and a gas main is nearby, the presence of the gas main will be identified and appropriate steps should be taken to ensure nothing happens that would cause it to be damaged.
This is just one example. Of course if you have already been injured in an explosion on a construction site you will want to know whether you can make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation for your injuries. If this is so, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether we can, and whether we could put you in touch with one of our injury compensation lawyers
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown