Employee Injured in Accident at Plant Bowen
Recently, an industrial accident at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, located 10 miles from Cartersville, left one man injured. Bartow Emergency Medical Services responded to a call from the power plant that a man who was on the coal train got dumped out of the bottom of the rail car while the coal was being released. The employee suffered femur fractures in both legs and lost a significant amount of blood. He was subsequently transported via a medical helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Plant Bowen, according to Georgia Power, is the ninth largest power plant in terms of net generation of electricity. It began operating in 1975 and has about 400 employees. The power plant produces enough energy to supply power to some 1.9 million homes.
Types of Injuries Stemming from Plant Accidents
A power plant accident can inflict devastating injuries on workers as well as members of the community that live or work in the vicinity of the plant. Some power plant accidents include falls, demolitions gone wrong, crush injuries and more. Among the most devastating of all power plant accidents are explosions. Power plants generally contain vast amounts of potentially combustible materials. When an explosion results, temperatures can quickly climb to over a thousand degrees. For humans too close to the explosion, death can result. Others might be severely injured.
The following is a look at some of the most common injuries suffered by power plant accident victims:
- Burns: In the event of an explosion or fire, the heat generated can result in serious burns. Chemicals released during an explosion can also cause chemical burns. Burns are among the most painful of all injuries and can inflict long term scarring and disfigurement. Burns can also require multiple surgeries and a long recovery, depending upon their severity.
- Orthopedic injuries: Falls, crush injuries, falling objects and the like can result in orthopedic injuries. These include damage to the skull, vertebrae, broken limbs, and sprains/strains. These injuries can also be sustained in the initial blast of a plant explosion.
- Lacerations: Explosions and other plant accidents can leave employees with serious lacerations. Lacerations are painful, could require stitches and potentially lead to scarring.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: Not all injuries related to plant accidents are physical. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that leaves plant accident victims in a constant state of fear. This condition can require months or years of treatment and can debilitate an employee.
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