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Compressed Gas Accidents at Work

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There are many factors while working on a job that can cause horrific and life-changing accidents. One such element may be compressed gas, stored in tanks, which may cause devastating life loss, injuries, and destruction to the worksite if not properly used or stored. Employees use highly compressed gas while working construction, moving machinery, or even for medical applications.

California construction sites are often the locations of compressed gas cylinder accidents because the onsite gas is used to power machinery through pressure, which is also known as pneumatic gases. Tanks housing gas, in both liquid and gas forms, have pressure as high as 3,000 psi, or pounds per square inch, of pressure. Pressure, as measured scientifically, is a ratio of force to an area of where that force is distributed.

The force with such a high pressure has a multitude of reactions, including:

  • Combustion
  • Corrosion
  • Burns
  • Chemical explosions
  • The hazard of poison or asphyxiation depending on the quantity and proximity of the accident

Other elements, including fire, heat sources, or sharp tools that may puncture the tanks, may increase the likelihood of accidents near compressed gas cylinders in California. For a more in-depth look at compressed gas accidents, please click HERE. If you or a loved one were victims of a horrific compressed gas accident in California and wish to seek legal action, please contact Alvandi Law Group, P.C. to help with the facts of your individual case.

The danger of a compressed gas tank increases when a valve breaks, thereby decreasing the safety of employees and civilians in the area. A fast release of gas can cause an explosion or propel the gas cylinder, causing destruction to both buildings in the area and harm to the workers. In order to help prevent such dangers from occurring at the workplace, safety equipment and training should be implemented as precautionary steps for both employers and their workers. Protective equipment should include, but not be limited to, safety goggles, gloves, and suits. The greatest precaution, however, comes from a thorough understanding of the valves and pressure used for compressed gases. For a full guide of safety training and regulations when using compressed gas tanks, click HERE.

Contact Alvandi Law Group, a team of professional attorneys, for a free consultation and legal advice regarding a compressed gas cylinder accident in California. Call today at (800) 980-6905.

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