Workplace accidents can happen anywhere but certain industries and jobs may be more vulnerable to serious accidents. A steel plant employee, for example, was injured last week by an early-morning explosion in a rail car on plant property, but luckily was not seriously injured.
After the explosion, the grass surrounding the plant location caught fire, but workers were able to quickly put out the flames. The cause of the fire was from moisture in the molten material used to make the steel. There is no indication whether the factors leading to the fire were the result of negligence or fault of the employer. Fire crews were able to clear the scene within an hour.
The injured employee was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio, and suffered non-life threatening burns to his arm. He was treated for his injuries and later released. A local official expressed relief that the accident wasn't any worse than it was.
Most employees are covered for workplace injuries by workers' compensation. Workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance system which compensates employees for damages stemming from the workplace injury. Employees can recover money for medical expenses and lost wages. If there is negligence or fault on behalf of the employer, then a personal injury claim for damages is also an option.
Many of Ohio's laws restrict the rights of injured persons to recover compensation for their injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney or workers' compensation attorney can provide advice on how to pursue these claims and recover money for injuries and damages.
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, "Minor Injuries Result From AK Steel Explosion," Jennifer Edwards Baker, April 18, 2012