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In many workplaces, there is the possibility of severe burns. This is most true when there is a chance that something could explode in a factory or workplace environment, leading to burns from fire or explosions.
Explosions can occur in a variety of ways but a common was is for something combustible is exposed to a spark from some source. Metal meeting metal can result in a spark as well a variety of other ways. When the spark and the combustible vapor or object meet, there is a reaction and an explosion can occur if there is enough combustible material on site.
When explosions occur, a large quantity of heat is given off and many other things in the vicinity may catch fire, including clothing on an employee. When a person is burned by an explosion, the burns are usually in the higher range on the burn scale, usually at least second degree but more likely third degree burns. This type of burn injury is severe and requires extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Additionally, depending on what parts of the body are burned and the extent of the damage, a person may be permanently disabled or experience a permanent decline in one's ability to do what one previously did.
Some work environments cannot have all risk of explosion or fire removed from the premises but there are things that can be done to prevent explosions, or at least to minimize the chances of an explosion. When employers do not follow these accepted practices or OSHA's rules on the topic, accidents happen which have the potential to change an employee's life forever.
Contact a South Shore Workers' Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured by an explosion at work, contact the South Shore workers' compensation attorneys of Pulgini & Norton at 1-888-344-2046 to schedule an initial consultation or to discuss your legal options.