Exploding Fire Extinguisher Kills Contractor at USPS Facility in Chelsea

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MANHATTAN, NY – A contractor was killed at the Morgan General Mail Facility in Chelsea yesterday morning when a fire extinguisher he was recharging exploded.

Police say that shrapnel from the exploding fire extinguisher slashed the man’s throat. He was taken to Lenox Health Greenwich Village, where he was pronounced dead.

Another worker was also injured in the incident, when shrapnel lacerated his right arm. The 26-year-old was taken to Bellevue Hospital and was listed in critical condition.

The 911 call was placed at about 10 a.m., and police responded to the scene at 341 Ninth Avenue shortly thereafter. The names of the victims have not been released.

“[Department of Buildings] inspectors on scene [at] 341 9th Avenue have determined that two workers on the fourth floor of the building were recharging several fire extinguishers, when one of the fire extinguishers exploded near the workers,” DOB press secretary Andrew Rudansky. USPS clarified that the workers were contractors, not employees.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident and the company that employed the contractor, Nordest Services, LLC.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and future treatment. Contact the New York workplace injury attorneys of Finz & Finz, P.C., today to discuss your case in detail.