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1 Dead, 15 Injured in Texas Hospital Explosion

One person is confirmed dead and at least 15 others are injured following an explosion at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas on Tuesday afternoon. All those involved were construction workers working on a $42 million expansion project.

About the Gatesville Hospital Explosion

According KXXV, officials have identified the decedent as 43-year-old Michael Bruggman, of Rogers. Bruggman and all the other injured workers worked with Lochridge-Priest.

Nine of the injured victims were transported to Baylor Scott and White in Temple, with a majority of them being transferred to facilities in Austin and San Antonio. Four patients were received by Hillcrest.

One patient sustained severe burns and crush injuries to his head and chest. He is listed in extreme condition. Six others had injuries to their face and were intubated upon arrival to the hospital.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the explosion. The general contractor for the project, Adolfson & Peterson, has announced that they are fully cooperating with the agencies involved.

Within five minutes of the explosion, all the patients, staff, and visitors of Coryell Memorial Hospital had been evacuated. A call center has been set up for families with questions.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

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