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Gas Line Explodes in Bellevue, WA at Building and Badly Injures 2 Plumbers

Bellevue, WA — Two plumbers were working on a water main at a Bellevue building this past Thursday morning (June 18, 2015) and both were badly injured after a gas line accidentally exploded. This happened at a building just south of Bellevue College on Eastgate Way, roughly 9:30 a.m. in the morning.

Two plumbers worker for MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (based in Seattle) were working at the building and were altering a water when a nearby gas line suddenly exploded.

The explosion severely burned both workers, ages 36 and 45. The news interviewed MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, but they didn’t have much of an answer yet as to why the accident happened.

More investigation here is clearly expected.

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One of the reports I read had a comment from a supervisor at these workers’ company, saying that this accident was “definitely unforeseen.” I don’t mean to point fingers or make assumptions, but it’s a little early to be making statements like that. After all, can this company say with certainty that there was no way of knowing that gas would leak and ignite while their workers were altering a mainline? Seems awful possible to me. I’m left wondering, as I’m sure many others are, whether these workers were given the right kind of safety gear and equipment.

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