An employee was seriously burned during a flash fire at a Lynn chemical plant on Wednesday morning.
Lynn firefighters responded to C.L. Hauthaway Corporation, a plant that produces polymers and finishing compounds, after a fire ignited while an employee was mixing chemicals in a large vat.
“Something caused the chemicals or the chemical vapors to flash,” Lynn District Fire Chief Stephen Archer said. Firefighters are still unsure of what exactly caused the fire. The man suffered serious burns to his face, arms, and hands, and the building’s automatic sprinkler system was activated to help stop the spread of fire.
A hazardous materials team was dispatched to inspect the building, and the crew was able to determine that a formal cleanup was not necessary. At the time of the explosion, the building was evacuated. The incident remains under investigation.
Burns are a common type of injury in workplaces and can be caused from a variety of reasons including explosions, chemical spills, and construction incidents. Regardless of their cause, burns can be incredibly painful and can often lead to infection, permanent damage, disfigurement, and scars.
There are three classifications of burns: superficial (first degree, outermost epidermis layer burn), that is red and painful but does not cause blisters; partial-thickness (second degree), that causes clear blisters, wetness, and severe pain; full-thickness (third degree) that extends to deepest layer of dermis, causes skin to look charred, grey, or white, and damages nerve endings.
Regardless of what type of burn or type of work injury you may be suffering from, it is most advised to seek the legal expertise of a qualified personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney. At the law offices of Altman & Altman, LLP our team of experienced Boston Workers’ Compensation have the knowledge to help guide you through this difficult time. We understand that suffering from an injury while at work can be both confusing and both emotionally and financially draining.
Under Massachusetts laws and OSHA regulations, employers are responsible for ensuring they provide the safest workplaces and conditions for their employees. Those who fail to maintain safe work practices may be subject to legal liability. If you or someone you love was injured while at work, call one of the experienced Boston Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at the law offices of Altman & Altman to discuss filing a potential workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation law guarantees benefits to workers who are hurt on the job-even if it was the worker who caused the accident. These benefits include coverage of medical costs, disability payments, 60% of your average income, compensation for permanent injuries, vocational retraining, and death benefits for immediate family members if the worker was killed on the job.
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