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Spring, TX — Refrigeration Technician Loses Leg After Explosion at Randall’s Supermarket

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 7:59 am by Williams Hart    

Officials are reporting that a refrigeration technician at a Randall’s supermarket, located on the 2200 block of Buckthorne Place, sustained critical injuries after a commercial refrigeration system exploded on the afternoon of Friday, June 21st.  

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s office says Steve Scheaffer, 53,  was performing maintenance on a refrigeration line on the second floor of the North Houston supermarket when it ruptured and the force of the blast blew out his knee. He was taken to a nearby hospital for an emergency surgery to amputate his leg from the knee down. 

Employees of the Randall’s location state that they heard a loud explosion and were quickly evacuated. The building sustained minimal damage itself. 

Commercial refrigeration specialists are exposed to numerous safety hazards, just as in any other industrial profession. 

Technicians must carefully adhere to safety precautions and be aware of the following causes for injury:

  • Interior capacity/overfilling the unit
  • Incorrect unit size 
  • Faulty installation
  • Obstructed fans
  • Lack of leak detection and repair
  • Faulty wiring 

It’s also important to note that no employee other than the technician should ever attempt to repair the unit themselves. Technicians typically keep a maintenance log of the unit and any unknown disruptions could, especially in this case, cause serious injury when performing regular maintenance. 

Occupational injuries and even fatalities caused by commercial refrigeration systems are especially probable when safety precautions are ignored or a non-professional attempts to repair the unit.  Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

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