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A Dirty Work Environment Could Increase Explosion Risk

June 30th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

explosion, workers' compensation, Chicago lawyer, Illinois workers' compensation attorneyWhen many people think of hazardous working conditions, the first things that come to mind are the careers of law enforcement, firemen, members of the armed forces and construction workers. Many think of common dangers in these career paths that can cause injury.

As reported by Mother Jones, the hazardous condition that employees faced at Hoeganaes Corporation was a dirty work environment, which caused several explosions. Dangerous explosions can lead to workers’ compensation claims.

The company is a metal powder plant that provides the iron powder to vendors such as car part makers. According to several earlier reports, employees have complained about the hazardous coating of powder covering surfaces all over the plant. Workers have even reported that they had become accustomed to putting out small fires quite frequently with extinguishers and even their gloved hands. This inattentiveness to previous warnings ended with an accident where a worker was engulfed in flames. According to Mother Jones, he was burned over 95 percent of his body, and died in the hospital two days later.

While many jobs that have hazards involved, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide the employee with a safe place to work as well as the knowledge and tools to do their job safely. When the employer does not provide a clean workplace or does not heed warnings, this can result in injury to the workers. This is the basis of many workers’ compensation claims.

It seems that it would be a clear cut case and the worker would be justly compensated for injuries. However, this is not always the case. You have to be able to prove that you did everything right and that you do not share in any of the negligence when it comes to your injury. You will also have to go through medical testing and examination. This can be a scary and stressful process, but a necessary one to receive the money that you deserve. You have a better chance of winning your case with the assistance of an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer.

Four Injured In Illinois Oil Field Explosion

October 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Four people were injured in a barrel tank explosion caused by welding in White County, Illinois. Three of the injured were injured seriously. Courierpress reported a story about the accident.

The injured, Shane Farris, John Sullivan, Brandon Hooper, and Jason Parr, were filling a 210 barrel tank in preparation for a “frac job” when a leak occurred. “They apparently didn’t vent the tank before Shane started welding on it, and it exploded,” said Sonny McCulley, father-in-law of Brandon Hooper.

Hooper, 28, was within 10 feet of the explosion, but luckily he had his back to the blast. He got burns on his hands, elbows, back, and stomach.

McCulley said that the welder was completely in flames, but Hooper and the others were able put them out. Hooper then drove all of the men to Norris City where ambulances and helicopters met them.

Farris and Parr were taken to the burn unit of a hospital in Kentucky and Sullivan to Barnes Hospital at St. Louis. Hooper received treatment and was released from Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.

McCulley called Hooper a lucky man, but with burned hands, Hooper will not be able to work until his burns have healed. The three other men were burnt worse, so they will have to stay off work for even longer. If you end up injured while at work, be sure to find out if you are eligible for worker’s compensation. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you with your case, so do not hesitate. Contact a skilled Chicago worker’s compensation attorney today.

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