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MURRIETA: Wade Kilpatrick Killed In Gas Explosion Accident That Injured 15 People on Wooden Horse Trail


Jul 20, 2019

Wade Kilpatrick Murrieta: SoCalGas Worker Wade Kilpatrick Killed In Murrieta Gas Explosion Accident That Injured 15 People on Wooden Horse Trail –> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me

MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA (July 16, 2019) – A SoCalGas company worker identified as Wade Kilpatrick has tragically died in a gas explosion accident that injured 15 people at a Murrieta home on Wooden Horse Trail. 

Murrieta police are saying that the accident took place around 11:00 a.m. The gas explosion happened around 50 minutes after the technician arrived at the home. Multiple ambulances arrived at the Murrieta home.

Police believed that Wade Kilpatrick was instantly killed in the explosion. He leaves behind a mother and six brothers and sisters. 

Multiple contractors were at the location with one crew installing solar panels and another working on landscaping. The residents of the home had just moved in a week or two ago according to one neighbor. 

An aerial view of the scene showed complete destruction. One witness said that it looked like a war-zone. The home where the explosion took place was smoldering with flames and the roof was completely missing. 

SoCalGas released a statement following the news of Wade Kilpatrick’s death.

“Our deepest sympathies are with all those impacted by the Murrieta incident. Sadly, we lost one of our technicians today. He will be greatly missed. We urge all contractors & homeowners to call 811 to have utility lines marked prior to digging of any sort. “

An investigation into the deadly Murrieta gas explosion accident that killed SoCalGas worker Wade Kilpatrick and injured 15 others remains ongoing a this time. 

Causes of Gas Explosion Accidents

Natural gas pipelines are a serious hazard, both for workers and homeowners. According to Green America, “Natural Gas pipelines explode with alarming frequency in the US, killing and injuring people, and causing millions of dollars in damage.  Interstate pipelines are permitted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has approved all but one pipeline over the past 30 years, and routinely rejects legitimate concerns raised by impacted communities.” There are a number of potential causes of fatal accidents: 

  • Pipelines must be properly installed by trained technicians. Improper installations or improper welding can lead to a gas leak that proceeds an explosion.
  • Many explosions occur during excavation work. Heavy equipment can puncture a pipeline during excavation. Construction contractors should do everything in their power to identify pipeline sites. 
  • Failure to properly train employees on how to deal with pipelines can easily lead to disaster. OSHA has a number of safety regulations with respect working around pipelines. Employees simply cannot comply with safety regulations if they are not trained. 

SoCalGas and construction companies must do everything in their power to help prevent accidents. But this is often not the case. Victims of gas explosion accidents are often left with catastrophic and costly injuries. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a gas explosion accident. 

Liability In Gas Explosion Accidents

Companies have a legal responsibility to maintain their work areas in a reasonably safe manner and to take steps to prevent accidents. If a company is negligent and fails to take adequate steps to prevent a gas line explosions they may face civil liability. For example, a gas company could be liable for an accident if they did unauthorized construction, failed to detect a gas line fail to shut off a gas line before working. Damages in a civil claim can help victims with medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. There are also laws designed to protect workers.

In the event a worker is injured on the job the company that they work for has a legal obligation to help them. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” This includes providing death benefits to the family of any worker that died. Workers are barred by statute from bringing civil claims against their employers. However, a third party liability claim may be possible if any entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident. 

Gas work typically requires multiple companies to work together. If a contractor from a separate company was negligent their company could face civil liability. Determining third party liability in a gas explosion accident requires the careful eye of a trained premises liability attorney. An attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. An attorney can also make sure that evidence is properly preserved and that your rights are being protected.

Investigating A Gas Explosion Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Wade Kilpatrick and all of those that have been affected by this horrific tragedy. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue their investigation (800) 963-9424. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. Were there any safety violations and what could have been done to prevent this? 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a gas explosion accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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