Causes of Pipeline Explosions

When oil and gas companies fail to adhere to safety regulations or take shortcuts in order to maximize profits, tragic pipeline explosions can cause life-altering injuries to innocent New Mexico residents. Negligence, carelessness, and violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace safety regulations, are among the common causes of pipeline explosions. Pipeline explosions can also occur when heavy equipment performing excavation work, such as backhoes, strike a pipeline.

Additional factors that can cause a pipeline accident include:

  • Poor maintenance of pipes, joints, and valves
  • Metal fatigue
  • Corrosion
  • Mechanical damages, such as dents
  • Improper repair welds
  • Defective products
  • Damage caused by chemicals
  • Violations of applicable codes
  • Inadequate safety practices

Pipeline companies are often represented by some of the largest law firms in the United States. The source and cause of the explosion that caused the injuries are crucial determinations that form the basis of a personal injury pipeline explosion case. Determining the cause of an explosion and identifying the liable parties is a complex process, which may require the hiring of mechanical and chemical engineers to serve as expert witnesses.

At the Branch Law Firm, our attorneys know how to analyze the causes of a pipeline explosion in order to protect the rights of explosion accident victims. We will assess all sources of compensation for your injuries. Take the first step toward resolving your claim by contacting us today.