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Workers' compensation could assist those hurt in explosions

Whether in Pennsylvania or located elsewhere in the country, workers who are injured on the job may be unsure of how to proceed after such an event. Fortunately, many are entitled to file workers' compensation claims to help cope with the aftermath of an accident. Multiple employees in a neighboring state may choose to file after being hurt by explosions in a cosmetics factory.

Two explosions occurred roughly 25 minutes apart at a cosmetics factory. Investigators have yet to determine the cause at this time. Reports indicate that a section of the factory's roof was damaged from the resulting flames and smoke. Over 100 firefighters from the county and from neighboring counties worked to rescue those inside and put out the fire.

Officials estimate that over 125 people, including employees and firefighters, suffered injuries as a result of the two explosions. Most were treated for minor injuries and released, though some were not as fortunate. Tragically, one employee did not make it out of the building and died as a result of his injuries. 

Reports indicate that the company was cited for nine safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration just this year. It is unknown at this time whether more violations will be issued. Anyone who has suffered injuries from a workplace accident would likely benefit from consulting an experienced Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney. A lawyer could provide more information as well as assist in filing this type of claim. When awarded, a workers' compensation claim can provide monetary benefits that can be used to help pay for medical bills and make up for the lost wages a person may face.

Source: collegian.psu.edu, "People hurt in cosmetics factory explosions, fire tops 125", Nov. 21, 2017

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