TATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 1, 2016….Citing a 2013 incident in which workers were injured after a Bedford gas line ruptured and a fire erupted, gas workers on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a bill they said would keep them safe on the job while also protecting residents and first responders.
Legislation filed in January by Everett Democrat Sen. Sal DiDomenico (S 2287) would require natural gas utilities to locate and ensure access to gas gates and shut-off valves before any planned excavation or blasting work.
If workers had been able to quickly and easily shut off the gas valve in the Bedford fire, “it would have been shut down in a matter of minutes,” said United Steelworkers Local 12003 president Joe Kirylo.
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