A man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries on Monday morning, following a small explosion at a Tewksbury work site. The Tewksbury Fire and Police departments responded immediately. According to the Tewksbury Fire Marshall, the explosion resulted from a fire in a box truck that contained two power washing units. Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today.
The incident, which occurred around 8:30 a.m., was heard by parishioners in the nearby Church of St. William. According to St. William’s Rev. Dwight Hoeberechts, the distant explosion sounded like a “little loud boom.”
“It got my attention, it got all of our attentions that something happened,” Hoeberechts said, “One person thought it was a door that just slammed in the church, but I said it was more than just a door slamming.”
Victim Suffered Burns to the Face
The explosion occurred at a construction worksite at 1418 Main Street in Tewksbury, in a truck owned by Atlantic Power Cleaning. The injured worker was taken to Lahey Hospital and is reported to have suffered facial burns.
The Tewksbury Police, State Police, and Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation of the incident. As this is a work-related injury, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also conducting an investigation. Tewksbury police reported via Twitter that the incident was an “apparent industrial accident caused by a small explosion” at the worksite.
Severe Construction Site Injuries
It is widely known that construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments. But with proper training, safety gear and supervision, the risk of serious injury and death is dramatically reduced. Construction site injuries are common. Some of the more serious injuries include:
- Burns and scarring from explosions, chemicals, exposed wiring, and fires
- Head injuries from falling objects
- Spinal cord injuries due to falls from high places
- Lacerations from defective tools, exposed nails, and other worksite hazards
- Broken bones from accidents involving heavy equipment such as bulldozers and cranes
- Loss of limbs, fingers, or toes from getting caught in machinery, or having limbs or digits crushed by heavy machinery
- Loss of vision from exposure to toxic chemicals and gases
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Work-related injuries are generally covered by workers’ compensation benefits, but don’t let that mislead you into thinking that it’s an easy process. Workers’ comp applications are complex, and mistakes can delay benefits for long periods of time. Even worse, mistakes on the application can result in a reduction of benefits. A skilled workers’ comp attorney will help to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve in a timely manner. At Altman & Altman, LLP, we’ve been protecting the rights of injured workers for more than 50 years. Our knowledgeable legal team can also help determine if negligence played a role in your injuries. If it did, you may be entitled to additional compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, transportation costs, and more. If you’ve been injured on-the-job, we can help. Contact the experienced workers’ comp team at Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.