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Workers injured and missing in Pennsylvanian gas well accident

If a worker is earning his or her wages in Pennsylvania, it may beneficial for the person to become acquainted with the state laws that govern the process following any injury that occurs at work. The person may be afraid to report a work injury, apprehensive about whether it might harm his or her chances of a promotion, or even causes the person to lose his or her job altogether. However, the law prevents all employers from firing an employee merely because that worker has been injured on the job.

Some jobs, by nature, are more dangerous than others and any worker engaged in such a job runs a higher risk of sustaining a workplace accident. This is especially true for jobs that have an unsafe work environment or contain safety hazards. The workers in such an environment are often concerned about the possibility of an accident occurring that may result in considerable medical expenses, even if the worker is fortunate enough to survive the ordeal.

Natural gas wells are a good example of such hazardous workplaces. A recent work accident occurred in such a well, which is owned by Chevron in Pennsylvania. In this case, an explosion occurred in the well and a fire broke out as a result. Although the Chevron employees reacted promptly to the accident and summoned expert help to combat the fire, the intense flames prevented them from approaching the well and one of the workers had to be hospitalized with injuries while another worker is missing.

The accident will doubtlessly be investigated by the proper authorities, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, to determine its exact cause. In this case, the injured workman may possibly be able to claim workmen's compensation under Pennsylvania law. He may also be able to claim further damages if it is determined that the accident was a result of the employer's negligence.

Source: The Charleston Gazette, "One injured, one missing in gas well fire in Pa.," Feb 11, 2014.

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