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LONG BEACH: Electrical Vault Explosion Accident Injured Five Utility Workers


Nov 21, 2018

Utility Workers Suffered Burns In Underground Electrical Vault Explosion  By Golden Shore and West Seaside Way

 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (November 20, 2018) At least five utility workers were injured in an electrical vault explosion accident not far from Golden Shore and West Seaside Way.

Long Beach police are saying that the explosion happened around 4:00 a.m. There is an active investigation into what may have caused the accident to take place.

Southern California Edison is saying that at least 84 people lost power in the area. The condition of the utility workers that were injured remains unknown at this time.

Liability In Electrical Accidents

When a worker is injured in California they will typically be able to file a workers compensation claim for lost wages and medical bills. Workers are barred by statute from suing their employers directly. However, it is possible for a worker to file a third party liability claim if other entities were responsible for the accident. OSHA has cited electrical accidents as the third leading cause of injury or death. Here are a few of the most common reasons why electrical accidents occur.

  • A number of accidents occur when workers use or come into contact with unsafe equipment. Arc flash devices can malfunction and leave worker seriously injured.  Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are supposed to shut off power in an area when conditions are dangerous, but these devices malfunction.

  • Unsafe worker practices also regularly contribute to accidents. Lockout/tagout procedures can be used to prevent accidental startup of electrical equipment. Failure to use the proper safety procedures can cause workers to be electrocuted.

  • An unsafe work environment can also contribute to accidents. A number of explosions occur when gases come into contact with electricity. This could be due to a gas line leak or any number of other reasons. Workers can be seriously burned in these explosions and require extensive medical care.

A burn injury attorney can investigate your claim free of charge and let you know what your rights are. Contractors, utility companies and product manufacturers may all potentially face civil liability for an electrical explosion. An attorney can help preserve key pieces of evidence associated with your case and make sure that your rights are being protected.

Getting Help From A Burn Injury Lawyer

We at West Coast Trial Attorneys extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the utility workers that were injured in this underground electrical vault explosion. It is our sincere hope that Long Beach police and Southern California Edison will investigate what happened thoroughly. A company should always make the safety of their workers its number one priority.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in electrical vault explosion you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can help you. We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients and have handled thousands of personal injury cases. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. Call us today for a risk free consultation about your case (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. NBC 4. Four Injured in Long Beach Electrical Vault Explosion. 2018.
  2. Safety Record. THE 3 CAUSES OF MOST ELECTRICAL ACCIDENTS. 2018

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