The following are just a few of the most common injuries that workers may sustain in an explosion:
- Burns – first, second, or third-degree
- Cuts and lacerations from flying debris
- Hearing loss from injured eardrums
- Impact injuries from being thrown by the force of the explosion, including head injuries, concussions, or traumatic brain injury
- Lung injuries from smoke inhalation, or breathing superheated air or noxious fumes
Preventing Explosions in the Workplace
There are many things employers can do to prevent explosions in the workplace. Employers must properly train all workers as to the dangers that exist in their environment and the specific hazards of each worksite that can lead to workplace explosions. These types of accidents cannot be prevented if workers are not made aware of the risk. Personal protective equipment must be provided and training given on its use.
Many explosions can be prevented simply by good housekeeping practices. Work areas should be kept clear of flammable/combustible materials including dust, liquids, and gases.
Equipment must be maintained properly. This means keeping it free of internal dust and lubricating it to reduce friction and the risk of overheating. Dirty equipment is more prone to catching fire. Additionally, equipment that is found to be defective must be taken out of service immediately.
All ignition sources should be controlled. Unless flammable materials are intentionally being heated, all ignition sources should be kept as far away from combustible materials as possible.
Equipment that is not in use should never be left plugged in. Whenever possible, extension cords should be avoided. Do not overload electrical circuits.
Every employer should have fire safety policies in place including emergency evacuation procedures. It is equally critical that every employee have access to, and understand these documents. Workplace hazards should be regularly assessed. Likewise, fire safety systems such as sprinklers and fire extinguishers should be inspected and maintained frequently.
Injuries from a work-related explosion can be devastating, leaving workers with costly medical bills, time out of work, and the need for extensive rehabilitation. Fortunately, Workers’ Compensation benefits are available to workers who have been injured on the job and can help to ease the financial burden brought on by a workplace injury. For those who have lost a loved one in a work-related accident, death benefits may be available.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Advocate for Victims of Workplace Explosions
If you have been injured in a workplace explosion, let the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, help ensure you receive the maximum compensation available for your injuries. We do the work so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us online or call us today at 215-512-1500 to arrange a free consultation with a knowledgeable Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer in our Center City Philadelphia office.