Many people sit down after a long day at work or gather with friends on
the weekends and enjoy an ice cold beer as a form of relaxation. What
these people probably do not realize are the dangers that can be associated
with brewing these beverages. For example, two people were recently
injured at work after a boiler mishap at a Samuel Adams brewery in Pennsylvania.
The accident occurred in the boiler room. Officials say one employee's
eyes were irritated when he was struck with either steam or smoke. The
other worker was struck on the head. It's not clear by what.
Approximately 100 workers were evacuated from the brewery while the cause
of the accident was investigated. These two men fortunately only suffered
minor injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital.
Not every workplace injury turns out as minor as those in this instance.
Employees who are injured on the job often sustain much more serious wounds.
Sometimes they are fatal injuries. When this happens, the employees are
typically entitled to compensation from the employer through workers'
It is very important that an individual file for workers' compensation
benefits as quickly as possible. It can sometimes become a laborious process.
Sometimes the employer will challenge aspects of the claim and in other
instances insurance companies will need more details or pose many questions
regarding the incident. All of which can delay the payout of a claim.
There are many different types of compensation to which employees may be
entitled. The types of compensation depend upon the nature of the accident
and the expenses that arise as a result. They may be entitled to medical
expenses, lost wages or even compensation for permanent injuries.
No matter the nature of the situation, it is important for injured employees
to initiate the workers' compensation claim process as soon after
the occurrence of the accident as possible. This will ensure receipt of
funds as quickly as possible to assist in paying bills and meeting financial
Source: Boston.com, "2 workers injured in Pa. brewery boiler mishap,"
The Associated Press, Oct. 18, 2012