Five workers who were employed at the Franklin County’s Letterkenny Army Depot were injured after a fire erupted following a small explosion there on Thursday, July 19.
The facility where the incident occurred forms part of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. The incident occurred just after 7:20 a.m., in Building 350, a 320,000-square foot warehouse that was initially referred to as a “major production area” of the facility.
Of the more than 3,000 workers who are employed there, most are civilians. They are responsible for manufacturing ground vehicles, guided missiles and defense equipment used for air support. The particular area of the building where the incident occurred apparently houses the department where workers paint military vehicles.
The remaining 300 workers that weren’t hurt in the incident were released to go home after it occurred so that investigators could comb through evidence to determine what had caused it. Workers on second and third shift were asked to not come in to work either as the investigation continued. A spokesperson for the facility was quick to note that terrorist activity isn’t suspected, but that all potential causes will be considered.
A spokesperson for the facility suggested that the department where the incident occurred may not resume operations until Sunday. Work is back to normal in all other departments.
When asked about the injuries that the workers suffered, the commander of the facility didn’t provide many details other than to say that they were serious. The Franklin County Fire Department aided with the air transport of at least one of the victims who had suffered burns.
At least three workers were transported to nearby Baltimore by ambulance. A press release later in the day described one worker as having suffered minor, “non-burn” injuries in the incident and another as having been treated for smoke inhalation. Those two were later released the same day.
While many jobs may carry with them an inherent risk of injury, it’s the responsibility of an employer to take reasonable precautions to keep them safe from harm. Burns are just one type of disabling condition that a Dauphin workplace injuries attorney may advise that qualifies you to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).