One man is dead after an explosion that occurred at a Pennsylvania plant
on Monday, August 19. Thejob-related accident occurred while the man was working on a welding project. The injuries
leading to the man's death included blunt-force trauma to his head.
The incident occurred in the evening on at Brownies Oil Company. A 10,000-gallon
fuel tank exploded and went flying across the road. It then struck the
worker who was welding. The explosion caused 7,500 gallons of fuel to
be spilled. The fuel also flooded a dike that surrounded the area. However,
firefighters were able to contain the fuel to that area.
At this time it is unknown what the man was welding when the tank exploded.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection responded to
the scene of the accident and proceeded to question officials from the
oil company late on Monday. There were other propane tanks nearby that
were not involved in the explosion and the damage to the plant was minimal.
No other workers were injured.
Although only one worker was injured in this situation it does not make
the situation any less tragic for that worker and his family.. In a situation
like this when a worker suffers an injury while at work, the worker or
their family are usually entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
When an employee is killed during the course of employment, the victim's
family may be able to recover the workers' comp benefits because of
the wrongful death of their loved one. Almost all employers in Pennsylvania
are required to carry workers' compensation insurance so that they
are able to compensate injured workers and their loved ones accordingly.
Sometimes employers do not carry the proper insurance and it can make tragic
situations even more complicated. However, even if the employer carries
the appropriate insurance, it is always a good idea for an injured worker
or their family to seek out the assistance of an experienced workers'
The process for filing for workers' comp benefits can be very confusing
and complicated, which can cause a delay in recovery. Enlisting the help
of an attorney will ensure that the delays are minimized and that compensation
is received as quickly as possible.
Source: CBS News, "10,000-gallon tank explodes at Pa. plant; 1 killed," Aug. 19, 2013