Design defect in expansion tank leads to tragedy

A substantial worker’s compensation subrogation recovery was awarded to Stutman Law’s client in a case involving a wrongful death in St. Louis, MO. A worker was killed by an exploding water expansion tank being replaced during well drilling operations. The case involved a defect in the tank design which allowed condensation to accumulate around the base, permitting microscopic cracks to form. When the tank was pressurized upon removal, the tank “acted like a rocket” and exploded upward killing the worker.

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