On Monday, a huge gas leak injured at least three workers in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the gas leak happened at a distribution center. Apparently, work crews were performing routine maintenance on a 27-inch main distribution line when it burst. Gas was reportedly shooting more than 100 feet in the air. Three workers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Emergency responders were swiftly on the scene pouring a foam blanket over the area. Thankfully, they were able to prevent the further danger of a possible explosion. Anderson County citizens within a half mile of the leak were asked to take shelter in place while first responders contained the situation.
The Dangers of Gas Leaks and Explosions
Gas leaks and explosions can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal for victims. Severe burn injuries are often associated with gas explosions. The volatile gas can quickly ignite and explode. Deadly explosions can even happen in conditions when very little gasoline is involved. Not much information has been released on how the 27-inch gas main burst. The incident may still be under investigation. Anytime a gas main breaks, especially one that shoots gas 100 feet in the air, there is a potential for devastating and catastrophic injuries. Thankfully, first responders were able to contain the leak before an explosion happened.
The Aftermath of a Burn Injury
An estimated 450,000 burn injuries happened across the U.S. in 2013. Even seemingly minor fires can lead to devastating burn injuries. Victims may be facing multiple plastic surgeries and skin grafting procedures. Long lasting pain and scarring can often accompany a burn injury. Severe burn injuries may even damage muscle tissue below the skin. Victims of burn injuries are often facing extensive medical bills, lengthy rehabilitation programs and multiple surgical procedures. Fires and explosions can leave victims out of work and in the hospital.
When to Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured by a gas leak or explosion, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Although the workers' injuries were initially described as minor there's no word on their current conditions or the extent of their injuries. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes these workers speedy and fully recoveries.