A worker was injured in a construction accident last month that resulted in second-degree burns on his torso and arms. According to a statement released, the construction worker was transferring fuel from underground tanks to newer tanks above ground. As the worker was cutting into the old tank to clean it, sparks from the device slipped into the tank and it ignited. This caused an explosion that hurled the worker approximately five feet away and sent flames shooting as high as 30 feet in the air.
Are Burns a Common Type of Construction Accident?
When you think of a construction accident, fall hazards, being struck by objects or machine hazards come to mind. Few consider the risk of burns or explosion. However, construction site burns are actually somewhat common and can be debilitating and very painful injuries. Typically, construction site burns are caused by the following:
- Hot water
- Steam from machinery
Unfortunately, burn injuries can require lengthy hospital stays, costly medical treatments, multiple surgeries and rehabilitation programs following an accident. Victims can even find themselves permanently disabled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify three categories for burn injuries, including:
- First degree burns, which involves only the top layer of skin and includes some pain, redness and mild swelling
- Second degree burns, which involves damage to the first two layers of skin and can include some skin loss, deep reddening, swelling, blistering and more severe pain
- Third degree burns, which is the most serious type of burn injury. These types of burns completely penetrate the skin and can result in severe scarring, tissue loss and damaged nerve endings.
If you have been burned in a construction accident, it is important to contact a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney to help you file a claim that could cover medical expenses and lost wages.
Spevack Law Firm is a New Jersey personal injury law firm that helps those injured in workplace accidents in the Iselin, Teaneck and New Brunswick areas.