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Employee injured on-the-job in workplace fire

Many Maryland workers encounter occupational hazards every day. For example, factory workers and construction workers often work with heavy equipment that has the potential to inflict serious injuries. Yet one other danger that may go overlooked by some is the danger of fire.

Recently, a fire in a steel processing plant in Pennsylvania injured one worker. The incident began with a gas explosion in a locker room that ignited a small fire. It is believed that the explosion was caused by a gas leak resulting from some sort of mechanical failure. One worker was sent to an area burn center with injuries that have been described as serious. All the other workers evacuated the building safely.

When workers are injured on-the-job they suffer more than physical injuries. They often take a significant hit to the pocket book as medical bills pile up. This is especially true if their injury causes them to miss work. In Maryland, workers' compensation may be provided to employees who experience an accidental personal injury during the course of the employee's job duties. These benefits may compensate workers for items such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages, if necessary.

Working through the workers' compensation system can be complicated. There are deadlines by which each piece of appropriate paperwork must be completed and filed in order for the claim to be distributed. Therefore, it is important for injured workers to seek the advice of a professional knowledgeable in the area of workers' compensation, to ensure they are getting the benefits they need to make a full recovery.

Source:, "1 hurt in explosion at central Pa. steel plant," March 12, 2014

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