As many residents of Pennsylvania would probably expect, those employed
in professions that require them to handle gas and fire are exposed to
dangers that could potentially harm them. High-risk occupations could
mean an increased chance of being
injured at work. One employee at a natural gas compression station in Bradford County
recently suffered such a workplace injury.
Gas well lines are fed into the compression station and from there are
pumped out into distribution lines. At around 6:30 p.m., there was a fire
at this natural gas compression station, which left one employee injured.
The worker was taken to the hospital to be treated for his burns that
were not initially expected to be severe. According to the Fire Chief,
the fire was contained to the compression station and there was no pollution
as a result. Once firefighters arrived at the scene, an employee of the
gas company shut of the valve to help put out the fire.
When employees suffer workplace injuries like this, their lives outside
of work can be greatly impacted. Even if the injury is minor, they will
likely have unexpected medical expenses. They may even suffer some lost
wages if they need to spend time away from work during the recovery process.
Thankfully, most employers are required to carry insurance to cover these
expenses in the form of workers' compensation benefits. Once an employee
is injured, it is important to file a workers' compensation claim
as quickly as possible.
When employees are injured, it is crucial that they recover properly and
quickly so they do not experience financial burdens, such as lost wages.
It may prove helpful to speak with an experienced workers' compensation
attorney because there are certain requirements that must be met throughout
the process and an attorney will be aware of these requirements. In addition,
an attorney will help to ensure the process flows smoothly and that the
injured employee receives their compensation in a timely manner.
Source: WETM TV, "One Injured After Gas Compression Station Fire," Jeff
Stone, March 19, 2013