When an employee's job responsibilities involve working with hot, molten
steel and flammable objects, they are exposed to a degree of danger every
day at work. Heightened risks and dangers in the workplace may require
additional training, noted precautions and specific safety equipment.
Three employees at a Pennsylvania steel plant were injured in a
job-related accident by the dangers that were presented to them in their on the job duties.
The employees were injured at work when there was an alleged explosion
at the plant. According to preliminary reports, a bucket that was holding
molten steel exploded at the plant while employees were working on a Thursday
evening. All that is known at this time is that the three employees were
injured. Their current conditions remain unknown at the time of this report.
This incident remains under investigation by both the steelworkers'
union and the company that owns the plant. The company has also notified
federal safety and health officials. But, no matter what the outcome of
these investigations, these employees were still injured at work and that
means they might be entitled to workers' comp benefits.
When an employee suffers an on-the-job injury, they will likely incur expenses
associated with the injury. This likely will include medical bills, hospital
bills and potentially lost wages for the time they spend away from work
while recovering from their injuries. These are some expenses workers'
compensation benefits were designed to reimburse injured employees.
The process for actually obtaining this compensation can be complicated.
It is important that, at the very least, the injured employee does all
of the following:
- Report the injury to the appropriate parties
- Seek medical treatment as quickly as possible
- If the employer denies the injury, the employee can seek medical attention
from their own doctor
- Inform the doctor of all the details that caused the accident and resulting injury
- Gather all essential information of those that witnessed the accident
This all may seem very overwhelming to the individual that was injured
and their family. The good news is that there are experienced workers'
compensation attorneys that want to help those that have been injured
in these types of accidents. An attorney can take on some of this workload
allowing the employee and their family time to work through their medical
Source: PhillyBurbs.com, "Company investigates explosion at Pa. steel plant,"
May 25, 2013