Two Workers Were Injured In A Fire Following An Elevator Explosion At A Mixed Use Palo Alto Apartment Building On Page Mill Road and Olive Avenue
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2019) – Two elevator operators sustained serious injuries following an explosion and fire that took place in a building by Page Mill Road and Olive Avenue.
Palo Alto authorities are saying that the accident took place around 10:40 a.m. Materials inside the area caught fire and caused an explosion inside of the elevator.
Both workers were transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment for serious injuries. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Elevator Explosion Accidents
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “The overall 10-year fire death rate trend decreased 15.8 percent from 2007 to 2016.” This has been due in large part to increased safety standards. There are a number of OSHA regulations designed to help prevent or mitigate fires at work:
- 1926.150(a)(1): “The employer shall be responsible for the development of a fire protection program to be followed throughout all phases of the construction and demolition work, and he shall provide for the firefighting equipment as specified in this subpart.”
- 1926.150(a)(2): “Access to all available firefighting equipment shall be maintained at all times.”
- 1926.150(b)(1): “A temporary or permanent water supply, of sufficient volume, duration, and pressure, required to properly operate the firefighting equipment shall be made available as soon as combustible materials accumulate.”
If an employee is injured on the job from an explosion they may be able to recover damages through worker’s compensation. 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.” Depending on the facts of any case, a worker may be able to pursue a third party liability claim.
In short, employees are barred by statute from bringing claims against their employers directly. However, if a third party entity is responsible for an explosion they could face liability. For example, a gas company could face liability if one of their valves leaked and caused an accident. Any victim may be able to greatly increase their recovery by pursuing a personal injury claim in addition to a worker’s compensation claim. A personal injury attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After An Explosion
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the workers that were injured in this Palo Alto explosion accident. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators. It’s so important that companies are doing everything in their power to help keep their workers safe.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in an explosion while at work? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are. Whether you need assistance after an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can always reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.