The February 7th explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown, CT was a tragic example of what can go wrong on an industrial worksite. To date seven workers have lost their lives and at least 20 sustained serious injuries. Two of the injured workers have filed a lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that O&G, Keystone Construction and Maintenance Services and Kleen Energy Systems failed to contain the natural gas being purged. They allege that the purging was allowed to escape, ignite and cause the explosion.
An attorney for the injured electricians, Timothy Hilliker of Glastonbury and Harold Thoma of Bolton, filed the lawsuit in Hartford Superior Court. The workers’ attorney said that proper safety precautions were not followed. He asserts that safety violations such as live electricity running through the site, workers welding and a gas fueled torch heater may have caused the gas to ignite.
The lawsuit maintains that workers were not warned of the dangers of the uncontained, purged gas.
The electricians suffered head injuries, loss of consciousness and severe pain.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family members who lost loved ones during the accident. We hope that all injured workers heal completely and quickly from their injuries.