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Employee injured in work accident involving explosion at plant

An individual who drives to work and walks onto the job site typically expects to walk back out to his or her car at the end of the day. However, a work accident can easily cause severe injuries that may put him or her out of commission for an extended period of time in North Carolina. This is why workers' compensation insurance is so critical: It helps an injured worker to remain afloat financially while he or she is healing from the injuries sustained in the workplace incident.

In one out-of-state situation, an employee suffered critical injuries in what authorities believed was a gas explosion. The incident took place at a steel processing plant during the afternoon. An explosion and a small fire occurred, and the fire was put out in the area of the employee locker room.

The injured worker was transported to the hospital. Officials said it appears that a mechanical failure caused the explosion. The situation continued to be investigated.

Workers' compensation has two benefits: First, it helps those who have been injured in a work accident to make ends meet even if they are physically unable to work. Workers' compensation insurance also protects companies from being sued by employers who are injured on their premises. For this reason, it is a requirement for employers in North Carolina to purchase this type of insurance. A worker who ends up falling ill or getting hurt on the job surely has the right pursue all of the benefits due to him or her in such a life-changing ordeal.

Source:, Steel worker injured in suspected gas explosion at processing plant in Burnham, Jeremy Arias, March 12, 2014

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