December 20, 2011 – Philadelphia, Pa. - After an extensive investigation, Pennsylvania state regulators are alleging that negligence by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) caused a January 18 explosion that killed a PGW worker and injured 5 other employees.
The state claims that PGW failed to take steps that would minimize the danger of an explosion when its employees were sent out to work on a gas leak on Torresdale Avenue, in downtown Philadelphia.
In violation of its own policy, PGW failed to turn off the main gas lines and electricity sources while workers were present causing a massive and deadly explosion when built up gas was ignited by an electrical spark. The state has made recommendations about what disciplinary action PGW should receive, which includes a $500,000 fine.
Since PGW did not comply with regulations, 1 person lost their life and 5 others were severely injured.
If you believe you were injured on someone else’s property because they failed to take the necessary safety precautions, you could have grounds to file a premises liability claim and receive compensation for your damages. You may only have limited time to file a claim, so do not hesitate to seek legal advice after an accident that was not your fault.
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If you have been severely injured in a Philadelphia premises liability accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person’s negligence. Contact a Philadelphia injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case – 877-944-8396.