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Exploding E-Cigarettes Leave Horrific Burn Injuries

Hospitals in Seattle, as in other hospitals nationwide, have seen an alarming rise in the number of people arriving at the ER with serious burn injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes, The Seattle Times reported. According to the report, Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center has treated four patients who sustained serious burn injuries from exploding e-cigarettes just since October. Three out of four of those involved gruesome injuries to the head and face. The other involved a hand injury so severe that the patient, a 24-year old Central Washington resident, may not regain control of his right hand. A lawyer for the ... Read More

Houston Refinery Explosion Burns One Worker, Alarms Neighboring Communities

HOUSTON, Texas — One refinery employee sustained burn injuries when a unit of Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. (PRSI) in Pasasena, Texas, exploded Saturday, March 5, sending clouds of toxic, black smoke over surrounding neighborhoods. Authorities have not determined what caused Pasadena Refining Systems’ Hydrogen Desulphurization Unit to explode shortly before 10:15 a.m., but company officials said that the refinery’s emergency response team worked to put out the flames. Black smoke from the refinery explosion descended on adjoining neighborhoods, prompting the closure of sections of the Houston Ship Channel. The U.S. Coast Guard sent hazmat teams to the area to investigate air ... Read More

Evidence of Serious Burn Injuries may be more than skin deep

Recovering from painful burn injuries is often a physically and emotionally demanding process that may seem to have no end. As the wounds begin to heal, scars may begin to form, and often those scars require special treatment of their own. The most common complication of a moderate to severe burn injury is the development of hypertrophic burn scars. Normally, the collagen fibers of the skin are arranged in a very organized manner, but as new skin starts to develop in the area of the burn injury, the collagen protein develops in a highly disorganized manner, giving the skin a ... Read More

Several employees in critical condition due to burn injuries from Groendyke Transport explosion; OSHA investigating

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an investigation into an explosion at a Groendyke Transport terminal in Liberal, Kan. According to local news station KSNT, three employees are still in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon due to a flash fire igniting in the terminal’s wash bay on Tuesday. While the cause of the flash fire is still under investigation, the three employees in the wash bay were with a truck and a tank trailer when the explosion occurred. The tank trailer that may be the cause of the explosion was being cleaned at the time; ... Read More

Consumer Sues Sunbeam Over Electric Blanket Burn Injuries

PITTSBURGH, Penn. – A Pittsburgh-area woman who claims to have received first- and second-degree burns on her head and face while using an electric blanket has filed a federal lawsuit against Sunbeam Products, alleging it negligently manufactured the blanket. The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in a Western Pennsylvania federal court, seeks more than $250,000 in damages and any additional compensation the court finds suitable, the Penn Record reported. The plaintiff’s attorney told the Penn Record that the woman fell asleep using her electric blanket. When she woke up, she found the blanket had heated excessively where she had it pressed ... Read More

Amtrak worker dies of extensive burn injuries in Indianapolis

An Amtrak worker who was badly burned in an accident at the railroad company’s suburban Indianapolis maintenance facility Saturday died Sunday morning while be treated for his extensive injuries. Indiana authorities investigating the incident have not yet released details about what happened. A statement from Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman only acknowledged that an “industrial accident” had occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the rail company’s Beech Grove maintenance facility. The victim, identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office as 27-year-old Andrew Swanson of Fishers, Ind., had sustained extensive thermal burn injuries in the accident. Mr. Swanson died Sunday ... Read More

Three workers suffer severe burn injuries in NYC gas explosion

An explosion inside a Bronx high school that caused severe burn injuries to three gas utility workers and destroyed part of the building was set off by a match one of the workers lit to test the integrity of a new gas pipe they had just installed, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference. The workers, all employees of the private contracting firm Positive Electrical Associates, were working in the sixth-floor science lab at John F. Kennedy High School when the blast occurred at 8:09 p.m., leaving a gaping hole in the building that heavily damaged ... Read More