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Employer negligence questioned following tanker explosion

In another state, two individuals were injured while at work when a tanker exploded. The company for which these two people are employed was investigated, as employer negligence was suspected. According to reports, those injured in this event have suffered significant injuries. They may be entitled to utilize workers' compensation benefits in order to get the medical and financial help they need during their recoveries. Such benefits are also available to eligible employees in North Carolina who have also suffered injuries while on the job.

It was recently reported that two employees for a roofing business were seriously burned when an asphalt tanker they were using exploded. The two individuals were standing on top of the tanker, using a torch to loosen the discharge pipe -- per their foreman's instructions -- which ignited the vapors coming from the liquid asphalt. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has investigated the incident and cited the company for several workplace violations. The business was fined over $24,000 as a result.

When the explosion occurred, both employees were thrown from the top of the truck to the ground -- a distance of approximately 10 feet. They both have suffered third-degree burns as a result of the incident. One of the men has burns that cover about 36 percent of his body. The current conditions of these individuals has not been reported.

Employer negligence is a real issue in North Carolina and elsewhere, causing numerous accidents and injuries every year. When injuries happen while on the job, those affected may file for workers' compensation benefits in order to recoup their losses. They may also pursue claims in civil court against those third parties believed responsible for any damages sustained.

Source:, "Cal/OSHA Cites Roofing Company after Preventable Tanker Explosion Burns Two Workers", Nov. 10, 2016

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