The American economy depends upon hard-working people who report to their places of employment each day to put in a day’s honest labor. Those who work with dangerous equipment or hazardous materials may expect a certain amount of risk while on the job. However, fires or explosions can occur at any time on any job site. That recently proved to be the case at a St. Louis pallet company in early March after a natural gas explosion occurred.
The natural gas explosion happened right around noon on a Saturday, leading to the injuries of two employees who were working at the time. Those two workers suffered injuries that were described as not being burns, though few other details were offered. According to St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby, emergency personnel transported the workers to an area hospital. They were later reported as being in stable condition.
The company where the explosion took place is called Pallet Logistics Management. The workers were apparently in the process of entering a room where pallets are heated and sterilized. At that point, natural gas that had built up inside the heating room without anyone’s knowledge exploded after the door was opened. While it is fortunate that neither worker suffered severe burn injuries, they will likely be facing at least some recovery time; time where they will be unable to work. This could put them both in financial harm, especially if they are major providers for their family members.
That is why Missouri and Illinois law provides provisions for workers’ compensation insurance. Under workers’ compensation benefits, those who are injured while performing their normal work duties are usually eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. This will allow them to have related medical expenses and at least a portion of lost wages covered. Some may be overwhelmed at the thought of seeking workers’ compensation benefits, or may feel that a claim for such benefits was wrongfully denied.
In such cases, workers injured in a natural gas explosion may benefit from contacting our St. Louis workers’ compensation law firm at 1-888-586-7041, toll-free. We can provide information on how best to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. Please contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and find out how we can help you by setting up a free initial consultation.
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