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Employee suffers burns in workplace accident

In certain occupations, employees in North Carolina and other areas of the country often receive extensive education in the importance of wearing protective gear as they complete their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, even when these safety standards are closely followed, an employee could still be injured in a workplace accident as a result of other factors in the work environment. Often, these accidents result in serious injury

In fact, a man in another state was recently flown to the hospital following an incident at a truck repair operation. An emergency call was made one afternoon on a day in September. Reports indicate that the victim was operating an arc welder near a truck fuel cell which reportedly came loose and exploded.

A police officer claims that the man suffered serious burns in the incident. As a result, he was flown to the hospital for treatment. Local officials are likely still investigating the incident, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could also launch an investigation, and the man's employer could face fines and citations, or both, if the agency discovers that safety or health standards were violated in the events leading up to the accident.

Unfortunately, burn victims often face a long and difficult recovery. While they need to focus on their health, many must also worry about their finances as their treatments could result in extensive medical bills during a time when they are out of work. While people in North Carolina who are the victims of a workplace accident are relieved to know that they may qualify for workers' compensation benefits, they may be in no condition to pursue fair compensation. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help them throughout the process.

Source: thenewstribune.com, "Man flown to Harborview after industrial accident, officials say", Kenny Ocker, Sept. 13, 2017

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