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Several workers hurt in Pennsylvania fire

Workplace accidents can be dangerous not only to workers but to the people living near certain types of workplaces. Recently in Pennsylvania, a fire at a food processing plant forced nearby residents to stay in their homes with their windows closed.

According to reports, a truck parked just outside the plant started on fire. Officials say that at least nine people were taken to hospitals following the accident because emergency personnel believed that the people had suffered a chemical exposure to the chemical toluene.

It is unclear how the fire started, but at least three workers from the plant were injured in the accident. Additionally, four emergency workers were also taken to the hospital. Two others were being treated at a second hospital, however, it is unclear whether these people were workers from the plant or first responders.

Workplace accidents, like this recent fire, have the potential to cause serious injuries to workers. These injuries can have long lasting effects that keep workers from doing their jobs. In some cases, workplace injuries are so severe that workers are permanently disabled. In these cases, workers may not have a way to financially support themselves or their families.

When workers need financial support following an injury at work, or a after a permanent disability, the workers' compensation system may be able to help. Under Pennsylvania law employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to help cover the costs of a workplace injury. If a worker applies for workers' compensation following a workplace injury, certain costs may be covered. These costs include lost wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. In these situations, workers' compensation can help to ensure that workers are not financially ruined by an accident that occurred at work.

Source: CBS Philly, "At Least 9 People Injured In Central Pa. Truck Fire," Jan. 21, 2014

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