Eric Allen Seriously Injured In Coeymans Marina Explosion
COEYMANS, NEW YORK (January 25, 2022) – A 56-year-old man identified as Eric Allen was seriously injured after an explosion at the Coeymans Marina.
Albany County police officials are saying that the accident took place on Thursday, January 20. An explosion at the business seriously injured Eric Allen and destroyed the service repair shop.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the explosion in order to help the victim. Eric Allen was airlifted to the Mass General Hospital in Boston and is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery.
No other person was injured in the blast. Thick black smoke was seen pouring out of Coeymans Marina for several hours. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Explosions At The Coeymans Marina
Explosion accidents and injuries are far more common than many people realize. According to one report by Statista, “There were 984 explosive incidents across the United States in 2020. This is a significant increase from the previous year, when there were 715 explosive incidents registered across the country.” Certain industries are far more prone to accidental explosions including the oil and gas industry and manufacturing plants. There are a number of common causes of workplace explosions including:
- Chemical reactions
- Electrical malfunctions
- Igniting natural gas
When a worker is injured on the job there are a number of laws designed to help them. Every employer in New York must have worker’s compensation insurance. Worker’s compensation in New York is a no fault system that is designed to help workers injured after an accident. It is not necessary to demonstrate negligence to get aid through worker’s compensation. There are also a number of statutes designed to help workers injured on the job.
An injured worker may be able to pursue a claim against their employer if an accident was caused by unsafe working conditions. Employers in New York may be liable for accidents caused by unsafe working conditions under New York Labor Law 200. As explained in the statute, “All places to which this chapter applies shall be so constructed, equipped, arranged, operated and conducted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.” Victims of explosion accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Ruptured ear drums
- Burn injuries
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in an explosion while working may be able to pursue damages through a civil claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A workplace accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims. It is therefore important to act quickly.
Investigating An Explosion At The Coeymans Marina
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Eric Allen as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA and investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent additional tragedies like this. Worker safety should always be the main priority for any company.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place at the Coeymans Marina? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.