Maryland workers and their employers understand the importance of having a safe work environment. Safety on the job requires guidelines and procedures to ensure that employees are safe and the workplace free of predictable dangers. When an unexpected work-related injury or death occurs, victims and their families are typically covered under the workers' compensation insurance program. A recent workplace explosion left one man fatally injured and a male co-worker seriously wounded.
The explosion occurred around 1 p.m. on March 7, 2017 in another state at a business that heat treats metal parts at its location. Two men were working to repair a furnace leak. It is reported that the door to the furnace seemed to explode. There was no fire and the blast is what appears to have injured one employee and killed the other.
The surviving employee was transported to a local hospital. He is believed to have suffered serious injuries. Reportedly, the victim is stable.
When a worker is injured on the job, the workers' compensation program provides benefits to help cover the financial needs of employees who are unable to work due to the work-related injury. In the event that an employee is fatally injured, the workers' compensation benefits program can provide monetary relief to surviving spouses and minor children. A Maryland attorney who understands the steps needed to file a claim and help support a client during the appeals process, if applicable, can help grieving families and/or injured workers receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Source: abc12.com, "1 employee dead, 1 injured in workplace explosion", Rebecca Trylch, March 7, 2017