Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY (February 8, 2019) – Firefighters in the Upper West Side of Manhattan arrived to extinguish a garbage truck fire that broke out and injured two workers on Friday morning, February 8. The incident happened at around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and West 89th Street.
According to authorities, two Department of Sanitation workers suffered injuries after the rear of their garbage truck became engulfed in flames while they were performing their work duties. The fire started with a small explosion that occurred for reasons that have not been confirmed at this time.
Police were accompanied by paramedics at the site where they transported the two injured workers to a local hospital for treatment. All injuries appear to be minor, according to authorities. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and no further information has been provided.
Workplace Injuries in New York
We would first like to extend our genuine sympathies to both of the workers who were injured in this incident as we hope for their full recoveries. We also extend our gratitude to the first responders who risk their lives each and every day. Workplace injuries in New York occur all-too-often and frequently result in serious injuries or death, particularly those incidents which involve fires and explosions.
After such a dangerous event, it is extremely important to realize that as the victim of an on-the-job accident, you may have the right to be compensated for your injuries. At Hach & Rose, our compassionate and devoted accident attorneys are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you have suffered an injury in a New York workplace accident or fire due to reasons beyond your control, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 today.
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