Employees working at a Pennsylvania plant are lucky to be safe and uninjured
after a recent incident led to the evacuation of the facility, which remains
closed for repairs. There had recently been a new liner installed into
the furnace of the plant. According to the employers, it is regular practice
to melt products in the furnace in order to season the liner. While employees
were executing this task, the electronic furnace caught fire.
job-related accident happened just after 6:00 on a Monday evening. The employer that owns the
plant said that the process of seasoning a new furnace liner can be a
very sensitive process. However, it is unknown whether the furnace catching
fire is a common side-effect of seasoning a new liner. Yet, the answers
seems to be in the negative considering that this is the first accident
the plant has experienced since 1994.
Thankfully at this time it appears that no one was injured in this accident.
However, there are numerous job-related accidents that occur in the workplace
that do not end without injury. When an employee is injured at work they
are able to file for workers' compensation benefits. Under Pennsylvania
law, employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance
so that if one of their employees in injured on the job, they are able
to pay them the compensation to which they are entitled.
An employee may be able to recover different types and different amounts
of compensation depending upon the nature of the workplace accident and
their resulting injuries. However, the most common items they can recover
compensation for include lost wages and medical expenses.
It is important for employees to understand that the process for obtaining
workers' compensation benefits is not always a walk in the park. Therefore,
it is important to initiate the process of filing a claim as quickly after
the onset of the injury as possible. It can also be helpful to meet with
a professional that is experienced in workers' compensation. Their
experience can help to make the application process flow more smoothly
and in turn shorten the waiting time to receive compensation.
Source: York Daily Record, "Workers get out OK at Pa. plant with furnace fire,"
Jan. 8, 2013