Certain occupations tend to be more dangerous than others, exposing workers who perform important services to possible injury. Around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, three contractors from the Cream Ridge Construction Company in Hackensack were installing a new gas line for PSE&G when there was an explosion. The accident happened on Goldsborough Drive and Chosin Few Way in Bayonne, New Jersey at the city’s former Military Ocean Terminal.
According to PSE&G, the workers were conducting an air pressure test on the pipe at the time, which is standard practice. Fortunately, there was no natural gas flowing through the main when the explosion occurred. According to Bayonne police, the gas line “failed” while being tested with pressurized air. Bayonne Deputy Police Chief Peter Nevins has stated that a temporary cap blew off under too much air pressure. The cap was slated to be replaced with a permanent one that would have been welded onto the line before natural gas was to be pumped in.
Five people were taken to area hospitals after the incident—three workers from Cream Ridge Construction, and two police officers who were at the scene handling traffic when the explosion occurred. One worker was in critical condition; another in serious condition; and the third was treated for minor injuries. The police were taken to the hospital as a precaution and were released without any injuries.
Police had been concerned about a possible gas leak, so the gas line at the site had been shut off. The police have reported that there is no danger of any gas leak or additional risk. PSE&G officials have stated that the cause of the accident is under investigation. According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the accident.
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