Posted On: June 14, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

7 Workers Burned in West Virginia Gas Well Explosion

The Associated Press reported that on June 7, a crew drilling a natural gas well through an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia (about 55 miles southwest of Pittsburgh) hit a pocket of methane gas that ignited. It triggered an explosion that burned seven workers.

The seven workers were taken to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.

Since methane is a known risk when working near old mines, the company typically takes a variety of precautions, including venting systems.

Five of the injured workers were employed by Union and two worked for BJ Services Co. of Houston, Texas.

The crew runs a safety check at the start of each shift and was just preparing to do that when the blast occurred.

The article reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created a program to deal with gas drilling in the vast Marcellus shale fields about five years ago and has been proactively inspecting sites to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

The victims here would be well advised to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. It could be a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product. If it is determined that one of those parties was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation

The dedicated Pennsylvania work injury accident attorneys at Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.