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Worker Passes Away Weeks After Explosion

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2016

Weeks after an explosion caused severe burns and injuries to an Illinois construction worker, the man passed away while being cared for in the hospital. The injured worker died on Friday in the burn unit of a local St. Louis hospital, Mercy Hospital. He was receiving treatment for his extensive burns, which occurred after he was caught in a gas explosion on the job.

Ongoing Investigations Into the Exposion

The explosion occurred in Maryville, Illinois on April 6.

The construction workers, belonging to Keller Construction, were excavating part of the site that will be turned into the Villas at Nottingham. The crew accidentally hit a 10-inch gas line, triggering a dangerous and massive explosion. A Maryville police officer recalls seeing the man come out of the fire as a dark figure. He wasn’t on fire but did have smoke coming off of him.

OSHA has opened an investigation into the explosion and will continue their efforts to uncover all the details of the accident. They will be working closely with families to ensure they are aware of their rights and processes involved in such an accident. OSHA will have up to six months to determine whether any safety regulation violations or negligence occurred.

Despite Optimism for Recovery, Worker Dies in Hospital

While officials had initially reported that the 44-year-old construction worker would recover from the significant burns to his body, the man did not make that expected recovery.

He had third-degree burns covering 70 percent of his body; however, he did not have any damage to his lungs from the accident, making a potential recovery much more promising. First-responders also reported that he was able to talk, walk around, and climb into the ambulance on his own. The worker even underwent surgery just around a week ago. His passing came as a shock to many.

The man is survived by his wife and two children.

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