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Another torch accident leaves 2 Texas workers with burn injuries

Over the last few months, we've discussed several job-related accidents in Texas that resulted in serious burn injuries to workers. In one particular case, a man suffered injuries when the oil tank he was cutting with a torch exploded. Now two other Texas workers have been hospitalized in a torch-related industrial accident.

One of the workers was reportedly using a cutting torch on a 55-gallon barrel that he believed previously contained a kind of coolant. However, it was later discovered that inside the barrel was residue of the paint thinner Xylene. The cutting torch is believed to have sparked the flammable substance, and the barrel exploded. 

The man using the cutting torch suffered burns on his chest, face and arms. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Dallas.

The other worker was assisting in the cutting job, and that individual was taken to a Waxahachie hospital to be treated for burn injuries.

Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents are relatively common in Texas. Many of our state's industries involve the storage or production of highly flammable substances, and torches and welding equipment are often used in close proximity to potentially dangerous materials. We touched on a number of safety concerns for welders and welders' helpers in one of our previous posts, "Welders deserve proper protection from arc eye, burn injuries."

If you or a loved one has been injured in a torch or welding accident, then it is important to be aware of your legal options for covering medical bills, lost wages and other costs resulting from the accident. You can learn more about Texas workers' compensation and third-party injury claims at our main website.

Source: Daily Light, "Barrel explodes, injures two industrial workers," Andrew Branca, Sept. 10, 2014

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