Severe Job-Related Injuries Sustained By Worker In Alabama Blast


Two Alabama workers suffered job-related injuries, one involving severe burns, in a blast that occurred at UTC Aerospace in Foley at 7:45 a.m. on June 21. It was believed that the explosion occurred when one of the injured workers was welding or working with a torch close to a drum that may have had flammable vapors in it, but the investigation is still pending. The entire facility of approximately 800 people was evacuated to in order ensure worker safety while the onsite response team put out the fire that resulted in the job-related injuries

One of the workers' injuries were described as minor, but the other employee was flown by helicopter to a burn center in Mobile. A UTC media spokesperson said the company is maintaining close contact with the burn center regarding whether or not the worker's injuries are life-threatening. The second worker was injured as he responded to the blast and was taken to a local medical center for treatment. 

Local city officials commented on the onsite response crew's prompt actions. Many of the plant's employees remained unaware of what was going on during the evacuation. Within two hours of the explosion everything appeared to be back to normal at the plant, which is one of Foley's largest employers. 

The employees that suffered job-related injuries should be able to receive workers' compensation. When the full investigation is completed, however, it may be revealed that either the welding equipment or an improperly sealed or leaking drum may have contributed to the explosion. If so, the issue arises if a third-party liability claim is viable. In this scenario, allegations of negligence made be pursued against a third party -- other than the employer or a co-worker. In that case, the two Alabama workers may have recourse to civil remedies for compensatory damages incurred as a result of the explosion.

Source:, "Two UTC Aerospace employees injured in Alabama blast," June 24, 2013


Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Johnston, Moore & Thompson, Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyers | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.