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Pennsylvania wax plant explosion injures worker

An industrial working site is typically fraught with hazards that can cause occasional accidents. A worker falling victim to an industrial accident may end up suffering from serious on-the-job injuries that may claim his or her life, or lead to temporary and permanent disability. The pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages that often result from such a workplace injury make the injured worked entitled to compensation, especially if the accident can be traced back to the antics of a negligent employer.

In Pennsylvania, industrial accidents are not a new occurrence by any stretch of imagination. A case in point would be a recent explosion that occurred in a Pennsylvanian wax plant, causing injury to a worker in the process. The explosion caused noticeable damage to the buildings and filter house inside the plant and the cause of it is still under investigation by several fire marshals, including some from the Pennsylvania State Police.

The injured worker has apparently been subjected to treatment and released. The plant management has, however, decided against revealing the worker's identity. While the presence of volatile chemicals inside the plant requires the framing of safety drills and similar coordinated plans, it is yet to be known clearly whether such procedures had been adhered to at the time of the accident.

Given that the accident has occurred inside the industrial workplace, even if the employer cannot be proven to be directly responsible for the worker's plight, the latter may still be owed compensation to make up for his or her loss. If the employer is indeed found liable, then the amount of compensation payable may increase substantially. Either way, a victim of such an accident may want to consult a lawyer experienced in such claims in order to enhance the chances of his or her success.

Source: The Bradford Era, "Officials: Wax plant blast ruled an accident," Colin Deppen, May 7, 2014

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