Pipeline accidents make the news because they often involve explosions or serious leaks. Case in point was the September pipeline explosion in Beaver County, close to Pittsburgh. The explosion caused a major fire and the evacuation of scores of residents.
Two days later, a series of explosions and fires caused serious damage in and around Lawrence, Massachusetts. The apparent cause was over-pressurization of natural gas pipes.
In the Philadelphia area, Sunoco ran into trouble recently with its Mariner 2 pipeline, and was charged with failing to report a significant spill when it first occurred.
Beyond the News Reports
Despite these recent news items, the reality is that pipeline failures cause fewer injuries to pipeline workers than cave-ins, vehicle collisions, and slip and falls during their construction and maintenance. Workers also suffer from back injuries, knee injuries, and lacerations caused by tools.
Pipeline construction and maintenance is a tough line of work, and people do get hurt.
The Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC understand the issues that arise in pipeline construction and maintenance, whether they are major natural gas or oil pipelines, or flowlines connecting wells to pipelines.
Pipeline Construction Risks
These are the biggest risks to those who work on the construction of pipelines:
- Pipes: Whether they get loose and roll around, or shift when being worked with, the pipes themselves can represent pinch points, and injure workers.
- Powerlines: Overhead lines and underground wiring can be dangerous and pose a risk of electrocution.
- Trenches: When working in trenches, workers face the risk of being caught-in a cave-in.
Steps for Avoiding Pipeline Injuries
Here are nine ways to keep on top of the situation and avoid pipeline accidents:
Manage your information: It is smart, at the onset of every work shift, to identify and assess the tasks at hand for that shift. Write down potential hazards and be aware of any potential concerns.
Use the right safety equipment. Use your personal protective equipment (PPEs). That includes eye and hearing protection, safety boots, gloves, and hard hats.
Dig the right way. Follow the safe excavation procedures relevant to the task at hand. Make the One Call. Verify that you are aware of and have marked all underground utilities.
Keep the walkways clear. This is where most slip and falls happen.
Protect your eyes. Use the right protective gear for the work situation. Never touch your eyes without washing your hands.
Protect your back. Injuries happen most often when you lift too much, or if you have been getting insufficient rest.
Protect your hands. Use gloves where appropriate, and use tools the way they were designed to be used.
Make sure the tools are in working condition. Inspect before every use for breaks, cracks, exposed cords, and wear.
Show extra care with heavy equipment. Before turning the key, be sure you understand how the machine works.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Seek Compensation for Pipeline Construction Injuries
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