The U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigated a 2007 fire that killed five workers at Xcel Energy Inc., a hydroelectric plant near Denver, CO. It found that the contractor Xcel chose did not plan for hazardous work. According to this article on Philly.com, their negligence included taking flammable solvents inside a 4,300-foot tunnel.
OSHA investigated the contractor, RPI, for two previous fatalities. They were fined for OSHA safety violations in those two cases.
At the 2007 fire, the victims were not promptly rescued and there were no rescuers qualified to enter the tunnel.
The families of the workers who died there would have been well advised to contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who would have carefully examined the negligence in this tragic fire. A knowledgeable attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” In this case, the contractor was negligent and did not follow proper safety procedures. Therefore, the victims’ families could have filed claims against RPI. If it is determined that they were responsible for the accident and any injuries, then RPI could be held liable.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of your employment, you may have a potential workers’ compensation claim. The dedicated Pennsylvania injured at work lawyers at Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano LLP will explore every possible avenue to ensure that you’re compensated for your injuries and other damages. Call our office today at 888-684-7192 for a free consultation of your case.