Worker Dies in DC Metro Tunnel Welding Accident

By Peter DePaolis

On October 6, a worker was killed in a welding accident in a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Red Line tunnel, according to The worker was a contractor who was providing welding services to WMATA.

The accident happened shortly after midnight in the tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square.

“The welding may have ignited hydraulic fluid nearby,” stated a spokesperson for WMATA.

After the accident, the contractor was transported to a local hospital by EMS, where he died of his injuries. Two Washington D.C. transit employees also injured in the accident were taken to local hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

“Our first order of business after attending to the injured is to prevent anyone else from being hurt,” the chief safety officer for WMATA said. “We also need to ensure we have the safest possible working conditions going forward, which means learning lessons from the investigation into this accident.”

If My Family Member Was Killed on the Job, What Should I Do?

After losing a family member in a wrongful death accident, it may be difficult to think straight let alone decide whether legal action is necessary. Our Washington, D.C. injury lawyers understand that this is an extremely sensitive time for you and your family and making legal decisions may be the last thing on your mind.

Having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help relieve some of the burden of your situation. With your attorney’s help, you can better determine what your options are and what the best course of action is for you and your family going forward. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will guide you through the legal process with care and will always be available if you have any questions or concerns.

If you or a family member has been the victim of a construction accident, please contact a Washington, D.C. injury attorney today so we can assist you in pursuing your claim.

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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.