Pennsylvania residents who hear of work-related injuries often assume those
injuries occur in high-risk jobs such as construction or law enforcement.
But there are few jobs that do not pose a risk of some sort. For example,
a bakery employee wasinjured on the job after an oven malfunction apparently caused a gas explosion.
The explosion occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Nov. 21 at a Pennsylvania
pastry shop. According to state police fire marshals, both the fire and
the explosion were determined to be caused by a malfunction with the bakery's
oven. The injured employee was treated at a local medical center for minor injuries.
Since the accident, the utilities company has inspected the gas mains and
meters but did not find any leaks. The lines extending to the equipment
were also examined, but no leaks were found.
Even though initial reports state that the employee only suffered minor
injuries, the business has been closed due to property damage, as well.
This means that the injured employee, in addition to the time he may need
to recover from his injuries, will be out of work until the problem can
be repaired. Minor injuries can often lead to major injuries that impact
one's quality of life over time. This employee would appear to be
entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits due to his being
injured on the job. Other Pennsylvania residents facing similar situations
may benefit from investigating the seemingly complicated rules and procedures
for submitting and following up on an application for benefits.
Source: citizensvoice.com,"Explosion at bakery injures one worker," Nov. 22, 2011