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Explosion sends worker with burn injuries for medical treatment

There will always be a great danger of explosions at manufacturers of aerosol products in Colorado and other states. A devastating explosion at such a plant rocked a city in a neighboring state on a recent Tuesday shortly after 6 a.m. Residents in the area and workers at the facility were in great danger, but miraculously, only one employee needed medical treatment for the injuries he suffered.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion. Investigators will also look at the company's compliance with health and safety regulations. Employers in all industries are responsible for providing workplace environments that do not threaten the safety and health of employees.

Reportedly, authorities at the company evacuated the facility immediately after the explosion. The only reported casualty was that suffered by a 57-year-old man. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of burn injuries. The severity of the injuries is unknown.

Burn injuries can have life-altering consequences, and some victims have to undergo ongoing medical treatment that may include skin grafts; in some circumstances, rehabilitation may be necessary before they can return to work. Extended periods away from work can lead to severe financial challenges that may make it difficult for a burn victim to care for his or her family. Fortunately, as in Colorado, this worker will be eligible for financial assistance through his state's workers' compensation insurance program. Benefits typically cover all medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In severe cases in which a burn victim is left disabled, the insurance program may award additional benefits.

Source: fox14tv.com, "Explosion in Neodesha", Carly Willis, Nov. 24, 2016

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