An incident involving a fire occurred while oil field workers were doing maintenance work on a pipeline in Colorado. Reportedly, three employees suffered injuries during this event, which took place on Nov. 16. Five days later, on Nov. 21, it was reported that one of the three injured workers had succumbed to his injuries.
The deceased employee was a 61-year-old man whose official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy. The company reported that a flashover fire occurred during maintenance work. This type of fire was described as a quick burst of intensely hot flames.
Although the oil company reported at the time that all employees were safe, three were injured. The severity of the injuries and the conditions of the other two workers are unknown. Several agencies are involved in the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
Injured workers on the oil fields of Colorado may be entitled to claim benefits from the workers’ compensation insurance system to cover their medical expenses and lost wages. Families who have lost loved ones in on-the-job accidents may also pursue financial assistance. They might be allowed to claim death benefits that will cover the high costs related to end-of-life arrangements. Furthermore, survivors’ benefits are typically included in the form of a wage-replacement package, which will be based on the average weekly wage of the deceased worker. The support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney are available to help the surviving family members to navigate the administrative and legal steps of the claims process.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, “Oil field worker injured in Weld Co. pipeline fire dies at Greeley hospital“, Blair Miller, Nov. 22, 2017