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Workplace injuries: Severe burns caused by scalding hot asphalt

New York employees in the road construction industry are typically exposed to multiple safety hazards. Those who are the victims of workplace injuries may be unable to return to work for extended periods of time, if at all. Along with the burden of medical expenses, wage loss can cause hardship for any family. Two workers in a neighboring state may be seeking the assistance offered by the workers’ compensation insurance system after suffering burn injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident that reportedly occurred on a recent Tuesday. The men — who are employees of All States Asphalt Inc. — were in the yard of the Department of Public Works when the workplace accident happened. They were busy transferring scalding hot liquid asphalt from one truck to another when they were unexpectedly sprayed with the asphalt.

At a heat of approximately 400 degrees, the liquid asphalt caused severe burns to the men. The two workers, ages 31 and 56, were rushed to a hospital for treatment of second-degree burn injuries. The arms and hands of both men were burned, but the older man also suffered burns to his upper body and his face.

While second-degree burns are not typically classified as life threatening, they may require long-term treatment. Skin grafts may be necessary, and medical expenses will likely be substantial. New York workers who have suffered such workplace injuries can pursue benefits through the workers’ compensation insurance program. Because the claims process can be challenging and time-consuming, many choose to utilize the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to provide support and guidance.

Source:, “OSHA investigating liquid asphalt accident in Framingham“, Norman Miller, Aug. 12, 2016

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