According to WUSA Channel 9, a gas explosion has caused a collapse of the offices of Ruppert Landscape located at 23601 Laytonsville Rd, Laytonsville, MD 20882.
At approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, one of the office employees detected a gas leak. He was in the process of ensuring that everyone exited the building when an explosion, allegedly triggered by a gas leak, caused the building to collapse. The employee was trapped inside but was pulled out and transported to the hospital to treat his injuries.
The other victim, a gas worker, was heading toward the building when it exploded. The force of the blast blew the victim a distance from the site. He was also transported to the hospital for treatment.
The natural gas company is investigating the cause of the alleged gas leak but suspects a leak in the in-ground propane tanks.
Attorney contributor Aaron Blank is an experienced gas explosion attorney representing victims and their families in civil lawsuits. During a recent interview, Aaron shared his knowledge regarding the legal rights of victims injured by gas explosions.
"Natural gas companies have a legal responsibility to provide a high level of care and attention to prevent injury from their gas lines and tanks. They have a duty to implement regular maintenance and safety inspections to prevent defects that may cause leaks. If gas pipeline systems are not in proper working condition or repairs have not been made, negligence can result in leaks which may cause explosions. Building explosions can lead to building collapses, injuries, and even death."
"If a victim has been injured due to a natural gas explosion, they could have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the gas company. The victim's attorney would need to prove the explosion resulted from the gas company’s negligence. Determining the cause of a gas explosion can be a complicated process. The events that led to the explosion could determine if more than one party may be responsible, such as the utility company. Victims and the family of victims affected by gas explosions are advised to speak with an experienced gas explosion attorney to determine their best legal options."