The family of a man who was killed in an explosion at a home in Plum, ¬¬¬¬Penn., last year has sued Dominion Peoples Gas Co., Dominion Resources, Higgins Plumbing and W.S. Lea General Contracting. The suit alleges that each company was at fault in the natural gas explosion at the home of his daughter. The man’s granddaughter, who was four at the time of the explosion, was thrown from the house and suffered a broken leg in the explosion. The child’s parents and her grandmother are also named as Plaintiffs in the suit.
Higgins Plumbing was hired to replace the sewer line on the property in 2003. In turn W.S. Lea General Contracting was hired by the plumbing company to do the excavation work. The complaint alleges that the gas line was damaged while it was exposed during the excavation. Dominion Peoples agrees with the family that the plumbing company and the contractor were negligent in their work on the property and are responsible for the gas leak that caused the explosion.
According to the complaint, Dominion Peoples breached its standard of care regarding the distribution of gas by failing to: inspect gas lines in search of leaks, to maintain the lines to ensure leaks don’t occur, to replace pipes, to promptly locate and repair the gas leak, to properly odorize its natural gas, and failing to monitor the work of Lea and Higgins. Dominion Peoples admits it did not inspect the work site during construction, but the company denies that sections of the pipe, other than the leak site, were corroded.
Source: Tribune-Review News Service
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