Construction Sites Can Cause a Buildup of Catastrophic Injuries
What Causes a Construction Site Fire?
Fires and explosions can result from a number of negligent practices by the employer. Some of the most common causes include:
- Heat and sparks coming from welding, cutting, and other equipment
- Electrical errors
- Failure to implement or provide training on adequate safety standards
- Improperly contained fuel
- Uninspected, defective equipment
Each of these causes point to employer negligence.
What Causes a Construction Site Explosion?
Harder to maintain and potentially more devastating in inflicted injuries, explosions are another concern for construction site workers. Common negligent practices that could result in an explosion include:
- Equipment coming in contact with live electrical wires
- Improper chemical storage
- Malfunctioning or misused demolition explosions
- Pressurized container explosion
Occupational Health & Safety Administration Requirements
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) standards state that employers must take certain steps to include a workplace fire protection and prevention program. OSHA requires workplaces to:
- Develop a fire protection initiative for employees to follow in every phase of a project
- Use only safe and approved containers for flammable liquids
- Keep heating devices a safe distance of at least 10 feet away from flammable coverings
- Ensure only qualified workers handle explosives
If you or a loved one suffered due to a construction site fire or explosion, contact the Law Office of James M. Stanley. You’ll only pay if we win your case.