Gas explosion in Diemen
On 4 September 2014 a gas explosion took place during construction work on an apartment building in Diemen, killing 2 people and injuring 15. A horrible accident that might have been prevented.
The construction work had been commissioned by De Key housing association and was carried out by its staff plus outside contractors. Damage to a gas pipe during the work proved to have caused the explosion.
Due to lack of communication between the network operator and the parties involved the location of the gas pipe in question had not been clearly documented.
The Public Prosecution Office and the Safety Board have launched inquiries to establish the facts. The Safety Board has meanwhile published its report, which is available at: http://www.onderzoeksraad.nl/en/onderzoek/2065/gas-explosion-diemen.
The Public Prosecution Office has meanwhile indicated that it will institute criminal proceedings against the companies of the contractor and subcontractor involved. These proceedings are unrelated to the investigation into the civil liability of the parties involved and the damages to be determined. Conversely, the victims do have specific rights in the criminal proceedings to be instituted.
Representing several families of the victims, Beer advocaten has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident to determine liability.
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