One volunteer and two employees suffered injuries while working at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. on July 8. The museum was already closed because of a power outage, but after a “transformer incident,” the museum decided to close for the rest of the day.
Injured in the explosion were two museum employees and a person who was volunteering there. Two of the victims, the volunteer and one employee, were transported to Weill Cornell Medical Center after suffering burn injuries to their arms. The other injured party was cared for at the scene. The seriousness of the injuries to any of the victims was not known; however, a museum spokesman said that it was as a precaution that two of the victims were transported to the hospital.
The incident happened outside on a pier that is located next to the museum. According to a spokesman for the museum, the repairs were being completed on an “outside power supply.” Con Edison reported that the museum owned the electrical equipment involved in the incident.
Burn injuries can be very serious because of the possibility of infection. In addition, scarring and disability can result. While the two employees are likely covered under workers’ compensation insurance, the volunteer may be responsible for any medical care he or she received the day of the incident or later on.
When incidents involving explosions or fires occur, the victims have a right to seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and a variety of other damages. No one should be held responsible for expenses and damages because of negligence on the part of an individual or entity.
Source: Source: CBS New York, “3 Injured In Explosion At Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum,” No author given, July 8, 2014