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40 percent of construction worker's body burned

Construction workers in Pennsylvania are frequently required to work with and around dangerous materials. Safety regulations and practices should be followed and enforced by employers and onsite managers in order to keep people safe when on the job. Sadly, this does not always happen and all too frequently, construction workers are injured as a result.

A recent accident on a construction jobsite in Delaware near Odessa occurred and it is not yet known if any violations occurred. However, what is known is that a construction worker who is only 21 years old had to be airlifted to Crozer Chester Medical Center after being burned on 40 percent of his body. The man was said to be in critical condition after the incident that took place early in the workday on a Friday morning.

The man was working with a machine designed to spray a substance over concrete. The hose on the machine needed to be thawed and the man was using an open flame to do this. In the process, the hose broke and the substance, which was oil-based, released and ignited burning the man in the process. It is not known if any other workers were nearby or impacted in any way.

Workers that are injured on the job may find it useful to talk with an attorney. This may offer them the chance to get clarity on any laws or regulations that may not have been followed and to learn about seeking compensation.

Source: Delaware Online, "Construction worker critically burned north of Odessa," Damian, Giletto, Feb. 10, 2017

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