Three Hurt in Manville Hot Water Boiler Explosion

On September 3, 2011, an explosion ripped through a Manville injuring two utility workers. PSE&G said a hot water boiler exploded Saturday afternoon at house on Huff Avenue as employees were entering the homeowner’s basement to repair boiler. The explosion caused the basement stairs to collapse underneath the workers and damaged other infrastructure.

The condition and identities of the PSE&G workers, but the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office said one is from Collingswood and the other is from West Deptford. Both workers were taken by helicopter to the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. The owner of the home was treated at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville for minor injuries and released.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but PSE&G said natural gas was not involved, even though local officials initially reported the incident as a gas explosion.

This incident is a good example of what can happen when heaters, furnaces and boilers are damaged and then turned back on prior to repair.  Local officials advised that this water heater was supposed to be repaired after being damaged by flood waters from Hurricane Irene.  It is important that any appliances and equipment be shut off prior to any expected flooding that may occur.  If any appliances are subjected to flood waters they should be checked out by licensed professionals prior to being put back in use.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a New Jersey fire or explosion caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact a New Jersey Burn Injury Lawyer today for a free consulatation.


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