Workers who are injured in an accident on-the-job can claim workers' compensation benefits to help with some of the financial challenges that may arise. These benefits often cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages until the worker is able to return to work.
In some instances, work accidents can be fatal. Earlier this month, the families of three workers were forced to deal with the loss of their loved ones after a deadly explosion at an oil storage site. Though the accident occurred across the state line, Colorado authorities were tasked with identifying the three victims.
Local authorities are working with OSHA to investigate the oil site explosion. When the article was written, they still did not know what caused the accident. However, information that is available indicates that the three workers had been putting in an oil well and were laying down a fuel line when the explosion occurred.
A number of individuals including firefighters and owners of the property tried to help after the explosion but were unable to reach the three workers in time. The explosion also started a fire that spread across 10 acres. There is no information as to what sort of damage the fire did to the land.
In this particular instance, a spokesperson for the state's OSHA program indicated that the investigation will take into consideration the possibility of safety hazards that may have contributed to the accident. But until the report is completed, any guesses as to the cause of the explosion will remain speculation.
In Colorado, the families of victims killed in a workplace accident can seek workers' compensation death benefits. These types of benefits can help the family move forward by helping with some of the unexpected costs that arise with the loss of a loved one.
Source: Caspar Star-Tribune: "Samson halts work pending investigation into oil field deaths," Aug. 30, 2011