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Worker burned at Martinsburg VA center

May 28, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An unidentified construction worker was being treated for first- and second-degree burns after an accident at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Don Scheuch, head of the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority, said the victim's crew was working on a steam valve that broke.

He was burned over about 40 percent of his body and airlifted to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he was stable but critical.

VA spokesman Kevin McIver said the accident happened while staff and local emergency services teams were participating in a mass casualty drill, so the worker was treated immediately and evacuated.

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He says the worker was helping to build an outpatient mental health clinic on the 175-acre campus.

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