According to WPXI.com, a workplace explosion accident occurred at a copper plant in Leetsdale, PA on Tuesday morning, January 11. Three workers were injured.
At about 9:30 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Hussey Copper plant on Washington Street. The blast caused a small fire that was immediately extinguished. Leetsdale Police Chief James Santucci reports the three workers were in a blast furnace area and the explosion was caused when water spilled beneath ingots during the copper-making process. The explosion was minor; however, two of the victims were taken to a local hospital via ambulance for treatment of their injuries. One victim sustained burns and the other a head injury because of the accident. The third person injured was the most critical and was airlifted to a different hospital with burns on roughly 25 percent of his body, with burns to his face, legs, and arms.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 there were 173 workers who lost their lives in explosion and fire accidents while on the job. On average, another 5,000 employees are injured in workplace explosion and fire accidents every year. Injuries sustained in these accidents can be severe, and can include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones and fractures;
- Head injuries;
- Internal bleeding;
- Loss of hearing and sight;
- Muscle damage;
- Severe burns; and
- Toxic gas exposure.
If the proper procedures and safety regulations are followed, and employers properly train workers regarding safety and enforce rules about them, the chances of an explosion accident occurring are small. However, when safety regulations are not followed or enforced, workers are unnecessarily put in greater danger of suffering serious injuries, many of which can be fatal. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws are in place to provide financial coverage to injured workers following an injury at work. Unfortunately, oftentimes employers will deny an employee’s injury occurred at work, and it can be difficult for a victim to receive adequate compensation.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Pennsylvania, it may be in your best interest to consult with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer who can advise you on your legal options and the best course of action for your specific situation. Call 866-735-2792 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys at Anapol Weiss today.