A Georgia construction worker suffered serious injuries in a flash fire that took place at Gateway Industrial Centre on Georgia Highway 365 in Hall County late last month. Authorities reported that the GA construction accident occurred at a job site on Abit Massey Way, where the Georgia Poultry Lab is currently under construction. If you have been injured in a Georgia construction accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident in GA, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today. With our knowledgeable work-related accident attorneys on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your losses.
Employee Was Working on Utility Box
Emergency personnel were called to the scene of the flash fire at 7:49 a.m. on October 29, where a contract employee with Pro Line had been involved in a flash fire. Initial incident reports indicated that the construction worker had been electrocuted, but Hall County emergency personnel who responded to the scene refuted the claim, explaining that the worker’s injuries were caused by a flash fire. According to the official report, the construction employee was working on a utility box when the flash fire occurred. He was airlifted to Grady Hospital’s Burn Center in Atlanta following the incident, and both local authorities and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the Georgia job site accident.
Risk of Injury, Death from Flash Fire
A flash fire is a sudden, intense fire that is typically caused by the ignition of a mixture of air and a dispersed flammable substance, either in the form of a solid (dust), a combustible liquid (an aerosol), or a flammable gas. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a flash fire is “a rapidly moving flame front which can be a combustible explosion. Flash fire may occur in an environment where fuel and air become mixed in adequate concentrations to combust.” A flash fire can result in serious injuries for victims, including smoke burns, damage to the tissue of the lungs, or even death by asphyxiation. Flash fire is a particular danger in enclosed spaces, where even a small fire can consume enough oxygen and produce enough smoke to cause death, either by asphyxiation or by smoke inhalation.
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Construction workers can protect themselves from injuries caused by flash fire by wearing protective clothing made of fire-retardant materials, and even normal clothing can provide partial protection from flash fires. However, due to the high temperature and rapidly moving flame front characteristic of flash fire, the potential for serious injuries or death to occur is very high. If you have suffered injuries in a fire or in another type of construction accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in GA, consult our reputable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak for legal help. Our law firm is located in Atlanta, and our workers’ comp lawyers can help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.