One employee died and two contractors were seriously injured in a horrific
explosion at SKF's Hanover plant on Sept. 1. The Pennsylvania plant
is a spherical bearing manufacturer where the use of salt solutions to
treat metal is common. The men were apparently
injured from inhalation of the solution, as their burns were said to be respiratory
The name of the deceased employee was not immediately disclosed. The injured
contractors worked for Aichelin Heat Treatment Systems and remain hospitalized.
Their conditions were listed as serious, but with improvements noted.
The heat-treating portion of the company is currently under investigation
due to the explosion.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating
the industrial accident, as are SKF personnel. The OSHA findings may be
particularly relevant to any contemplated legal actions. The company president
sent his and the company's condolences to the family, friends and
loved ones of its deceased worker.
The two men currently remaining in the hospital, as well as the surviving
family of the employee may wish to consider their rights in pursuing legal
claims, including all workers' compensation benefits to which they
are entitled. In doing so, each will most likely gain insight from speaking
with an attorney here in Pennsylvania who concentrates his or her practice
on workers' compensation matters. It is an area of law often seen
as complicated, with many rules and regulations requiring attention to
detail. An attorney experienced in these matters may help plan a course
of action designed to achieve optimal results.
Source: WGAL-TV, "Worker Dies From SKF Plant Explosion Injuries," Sept. 14, 2011