Worker Killed, Others Injured in Natural Gas Explosion

By Peter DePaolis

In April, a worker died from injuries suffered in an accident at a natural gas operation in West Virginia.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office reported that 56-year-old Bruce Phipps of Marietta died from injuries he sustained during a natural gas explosion. Two other workers were also injured in the accident at a Eureka Hunter Pipeline operation near Wick, West Virginia.

Authorities said the explosion occurred in a compressor station; however, Eureka’s parent, Magnum Hunter Resources, said it was a flash fire at a “pig receiving station.” Pigs are devices used to clean out or to inspect pipelines. Magnum stated that initial reports indicated that natural gas liquids ignited in the tanks during operations and fueled the fire.

Workplace Explosions

A workplace explosion can occur from any of the following:

  • Petrochemical and refinery accidents
  • Over-pressurized boilers
  • Electrical fires
  • Industrial plant accidents

If you do not think your employer has proper safety procedures, you should contact a qualified attorney to assist you.

If You Have Been Injured in an Explosion

An explosion can cause severe injuries, including scarring burns, loss of limbs, and even death.  Our law firm is experienced in helping victims of explosions. We understand the pain and frustration associated with such horrible burn injuries.

If you have been injured in an explosion, contact us today at (202) 659-5500, or visit our website.

Tip of the Week: Regular checks, maintenance schedules, and emergency response plans are procedures employers must create to avoid workplace explosions.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.