Employees in Massachusetts and across the country may find that accidents on the job can happen in an instant. Often, accidents happen unexpectedly. There may be many different factors that could lead to workplace injury, from faulty equipment to a simple mistake. A worker in another state was recently severely injured in an explosion on the job.
Few details of the accident have been released at this time. According to authorities, the worker was repairing a faulty valve on a fuel tanker at the time of the incident. For reasons that are still unclear, the container exploded. The sheriff’s office hazardous materials team conducted an inspection after to determine whether any flammable gases were still present at the site. None were found.
The explosion caused severe injuries to the worker. He suffered second degree burns on his hands and feet as well as lacerations to his face. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. It is unknown whether any other employees were in the area at the time, though no other injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the state fire marshal.
An employee who suffers a serious workplace injury may face unexpected financial expenses. To help take care of these expenses, workers are typically able to file for workers’ compensation benefits. This can provide monetary benefits that can be used to help pay medical bills or cover lost wages when successful. Anyone interested in learning more about filing this type of claim could consult an experienced Massachusetts attorney for information and assistance.
Source: local10.com, “Worker injured in explosion at Port Everglades, authorities say“, Amanda Batchelor, Nov. 3, 2017