Contractor Killed and Two Employees Injured in Welding Accident at Union Station

By Peter DePaolis

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On October 6, an early morning construction accident at Union Station killed a contract worker and left two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) employees injured.

The crew was replacing a section of track at the station when a fire and blast unexpectedly erupted. The contractor was a 41-year-old from New Jersey. He later died at an area hospital. The two WMATA employees were treated for their serious injuries.

WMATA and the company that employed the contract worker both stated that they will conduct a full investigation of the accident. However, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesperson stated that due to furloughs in the government shutdown, the agency will not perform an investigation.

After a deadly Metro crash in 2009 that left nine people dead, the NTSB said WMATA lacked proper safety regulation. After another 2010 Metro accident that killed two workers, the NTSB said WMATA did not have adequate safeguards in place. With this most recent accident, it seems that their regulations are still inadequate.

With the NTSB sidelined due to the government shutdown, there is concern that no one is there to monitor Metro’s actions.

Metro Has a Legal Obligation to Provide a Safe Environment for Their Workers

Metro’s history of work site accidents shows that they are not taking proper measures to ensure the safety of their workers. Employers have a duty to properly train and supervise employees to ensure safety regulations are being met, otherwise employers are responsible for injuries sustained in construction accidents.

Hurt on the Job? Our Washington, D.C. Injury Attorneys Can Help!

If you are injured on the job, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. Contact a Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia injury attorney today at (202) 659-5500 so we can assist you in pursuing your claim. 

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.