Serious accidents at Pennsylvania workplaces can have negative emotional,
physical and financial impacts on employees. One man in another state
recently suffered one of these types of
workplace accidents. The accident occurred on a Monday.
Officials were called to an auto shop at around 11:45 p.m. They were told
that a fire had erupted but that the source was unknown. When officials
arrived at the accident scene, they discovered that a fifth-wheel trailer
had caught fire and so did some nearby brush.
Crews discovered that a security guard at the site had suffered serious
burns in the fiery accident. He was taken to a medical center, where he
was expected to live. Crews responding to the fire managed to keep it
from spreading further. Authorities continued to investigate the incident.
Because unanticipated workplace accidents can pose financial hardships
on employees in Pennsylvania, employers in the state are required to purchase
workers' compensation insurance for their workers. Through this insurance,
injured workers can receive enough benefits to replace a majority of their
regular income while they are unable to work. The insurance is also designed
to make sure that workers get the medical care required to treat their
injuries. The benefit of this type of insurance is that workers who file
insurance claims cannot be terminated for doing so, and the insurance
also protects employers from being sued by their workers. People who have
been hurt on the job have the right to pursue all of the benefits to which
they are entitled with the help of appropriate legal guidance.
Source: komonews.com, "Worker seriously injured in fire at Tukwila auto shop", Aug. 4, 2015