A Pennsylvania man who was injured while working at an auto repair shop
received severe burns after his fellow employees dropped a fuel tank causing
an explosion. The man was rushed to a local hospital and later sent to
a burn unit for treatment.
The man is a part-time worker at an automotive shop in Pennsylvania. When
the fuel tank dropped, his sweatshirt caught on fire, causing burns on
his side, arms and back. While a local news report didn't speculate
on the duration of his treatment, the man will likely not be able to work
for some time after the accident. If that is the case, he may require
workers' compensation during the time he is unable to work.
The accident demolished the building and closed down the business of 17
years. Authorities believe a kerosene heater is to blame for the ignition
of the fire. They ruled the fire as an accidental occurrence.
Individuals who have suffered workplace injuries such as burns are entitled
to compensation to help pay medical bills and also cover lost wages during
the time it takes to heal.
Although workers often suffer accidents through no fault of their own,
it can still be difficult at times to obtain workers' comp benefits
to which an injured individual is entitled.
Employers often develop specific processes and timelines that employees
must follow to successfully obtain workers' compensation benefits.
And even after the claims are filed, employers sometimes try to terminate
or modify benefits that are due to injured employees.
Once someone is injured on the job, it is important to file for workers'
compensation in a timely and effective manner to guarantee that all the
necessary expenses are covered. Otherwise, the injured worker could end
up stuck with medical bills and no income to pay them.
Source: The Daily Item, "Worker injured in fire at Potts Grove automotive
shop," Tricia Pursell, March 2, 2012