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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Exploding manhole narrowly misses hitting young girl

    By David Brown on February 9, 2015

    A toddler narrowly escaped potentially serious injuries recently when an exploding manhole shot into the air as she was passing it along with her family. The manhole was in the middle of the pavement and the young girl had just walked past it when it exploded. Fortunately she escaped being hit by it as it came back down. Shortly before the manhole cover shot into the air a cloud of what looked to be smoke was seen emanating from around the manhole. A split-second later the manhole cover went into the air.

    At the time of writing nothing had been discovered to have caused the explosion, but enquiries were ongoing to determine how and why it had happened. It turned out that two manhole covers had been moved and the explosion left a crater about a metre deep in the pavement. According to a man who owns a nearby shop that had footage of what occurred, the same thing happened to the same manhole at one point last year. He claimed that particular incident was even worse, although again thankfully no one was injured in that incident either.

    How can manhole covers explode?

    It is unclear as to what happened in this particular incident. However, it does show how potentially dangerous it might be if this occurred, since someone walking nearby could be hit by the cover as it shot up in the air or came back down. Manhole covers are heavy and could be potentially dangerous if they were to hit someone. Thankfully in this incident no one was hurt, but those involved were clearly shocked at what had happened, particularly as they would not have expected it to happen. You can imagine how frightening it must have been.

    Have you been hurt in a similar incident?

    Incidents such as these are thankfully extremely rare. However, if you have been injured you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now for information on whether you could make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation. Expert lawyers are on hand to provide the no-obligation advice you need so you can figure out whether a successful claim might be a possibility. Don’t be left wondering whether you could claim – find out for certain now by calling our free 24/7 enquiry line. It is the best thing you could do today.

    Source: Daily Mail

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    Date Published: February 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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