When many people consider dangerous jobs, police officers and firefighters often come to mind. While these types of occupations do have many unique dangers, other occupations — including those requiring employees to work with volatile chemicals — are equally dangerous. For example, investigators in Massachusetts are still working to determine the exact cause of a workplace accident that left five people injured on the job.
According to reports, an explosion occurred at a laboratory in early January. Investigators are still working to determine the cause but believe it was related to a volatile chemical, trimethylaluminum, used in the manufacture of electronics and LED lights. Officials say that four people inside the lab at the time of the explosion suffered serious shrapnel and burn injuries. A fifth victim was outside the lab at the time of the explosion and suffered minor injuries.
The investigation into the accident was delayed due to a container of trimethylaluminum that was compromised during the explosion. However, the container has since been removed from the facility. Police took it to a remote location and hope to render it safe. Officials say that the incident appears to be a workplace accident but were unable to definitively rule out criminal activity during the early stages of the investigation.
While it is important to discover the cause of the accident, the victims who were injured on the job in Massachusetts are likely facing immediate financial concerns. Hospitalization can quickly lead to extensive medical bills that may be difficult for the victims to cope with while they are unable to work. They are likely entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits. However, dealing with the compensation process is an additional complication during an already stressful situation. Fortunately, there are professionals with experience with the process who can help fight for fair compensation.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Volatile chemical removed from plant“, Laura Crimaldi, Jan. 8, 2016