NY Accident Law Firm Frekhtman & Associates Discuss East Harlem Gas Explosion and Serious Dangers of Aging Gas Mains

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Gas Explosion in Harlem March 12 has left eight victims dead and more than 70 injured. According to a March 17 New York Daily News report, a gas leak was responsible for the explosion.

Eight people have lost their lives in the recent East Harlem, NY gas explosion. According to a New York Daily News report published on March17 (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/victims-east-harlem-explosion-burned-crushed-death-article-1.1724791), the exact cause of the East Harlem, New York explosion has not been determined officially, but the initial tests taken from the soil in the area hours after the explosion reported natural gas levels as high as 20%. The cause of the explosion is under investigation but it is thought a gas leak could be responsible. It has also been found that 127 Years-old gas main was being used to serve 2 New York buildings where 8 people died in an explosion. This explosion also exposes dangerous and aging infrastructure being used in several buildings across New York State.

According to the NY Daily News article, the most vulnerable gas mains are those which are made of cast iron or steel. Iron gas mains can become dangerous due to corrosion and rusting. Several buildings across New York State rely on this aging infrastructure which could mean that several buildings are vulnerable to similar explosion, which took place in East Harlem, New York.

According to the NY Daily News article, one of the officials received a call reporting a gas leak around 9:13 a.m on Wednesday from one of the residents of the new building on Park Avenue. Although utility was dispatched within 2 minutes, but it arrived after the explosion.

New York personal injury lawyer, Arkady Frekhtman said, “The best way to prevent such explosions in the future is to replace iron pipelines with plastic. Regular checks (every week) must be done to detect signs of any gas leaks. However, most of the Building owners fail to take preventive measures which could easily result in a gas explosion”.

“In addition, gas leak detectors must be installed in every building and gas pipes must be immediately replaced if there are any signs of a gas leak. This could save life of several residents who are still residing in vulnerable buildings”, said New York personal injury lawyer Arkady Frekhtman.

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