Fine on Gas Company is Increased Over Allentown, PA Explosion that Killed Five
Gas explosions can be devastating for all of those unlucky enough to be in their path. Even if you survive an explosion you can be left with terrible burns. Almost invariably a gas company or another party is to blame.
Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission increased the financial penalty levies against UGI Utilities to the maximum of $500,000 following the February 2011 natural gas explosion in Allentown, PA that killed five people and leveled half a block.
“Under the original terms of the settlement, announced in October, UGI was to pay a $386,000 fine and speed up replacement of cast-iron pipes,” reported The Morning Call.
As a Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer I am concerned because this tragedy was entirely avoidable.
When the penalty was increase, PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson pointed out UGI had been brought before the commission on allegations of violating gas safety regulations “eight times within about the last four years.”
“This goes beyond calls for concern; it is downright alarming. This history leads me to one inescapable conclusion: that UGI’s management has failed to adequately focus on gas safety issues,” Powelson said, according to the report in the Morning Call.
When a company is dealing in an explosive material such as gas, you can never have too many safeguards.
If you have been hurt in a gas explosion or a family member has been killed due to the negligence of a utility company or a contractor, contact an experienced Virginia Beach injury lawyer for a free consultation.
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