Last month we covered a Gatesville hospital explosion of a boiler room located in an under-construction building at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System. At the time of the incident, a man from Rogers and another man from Round Rock were tragically killed. The blast also injured 15 more people, causing burn injuries to many of the victims.
On Sunday, nearly two weeks after the construction site erupted in flames, another worker tragically passed away after succumbing to injuries sustained from the explosion. The man spent the previous two weeks fighting for his life at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Over 70 percent of the victim’s body was covered in burns. Today, 8 victims are still recovering from injuries in hospitals throughout the state.
After an early investigation, it was confirmed that a construction-related accident is believed to have caused a natural gas explosion at the work site. However, authorities have declined to reveal any other details about the cause of the accident. Our hearts are with those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy and are also with those who are still battling through recovery.
Our Texas Industrial Accident Lawyers are Here to Help
Our Gatesville industrial accident lawyers know that these occurrences are not freak accidents. There is no question that industrial employers are required to provide the safest workplace possible. Explosions such as this are often a result of negligence, complacency, and unlucky circumstances. We found the same patterns of behavior in the 2005 BP explosion and again in 2010 at the Williams Olefins Geismar explosion.
With our experience in investigating explosions such as this, we understand the heartbreaking toll these events have on the friends and families of victims. Arnold & Itkin hopes for the continued advancement of safety regulations in the American workplace.