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11 suffer workplace injury in refinery blast

While many people in North Carolina work at jobs with the potential for danger, most are confident in the mechanisms and procedures in place to prevent a major incident from happening. Despite these safety measures, a workplace accident -- as well as a workplace injury -- can still occur. In fact, 11 workers in another state were recently injured.

The incident that led to their injuries happened one morning on a day in late April. According to reports, the accident happened at a Husky Energy oil refinery. Reports indicate that a refinery plant explosion sent plumes of black smoke into the air.

In fact, an evacuation was ordered for those in a three-mile radius of the blast as well as those in a 10-mile corridor south of the refinery, where the smoke was drifting. Officials say that 11 people were injured in the blast. One of the victims suffered serious injuries, described as blast injuries. The evacuation was not lifted until the next day.

The cause of the blast is unknown, and officials are likely working to find the answers. In the meantime, the injured workers are most likely focusing on their recovery. A workplace injury such as one that may be suffered in an explosion such as this can require significant medical interventions. Often, victims in North Carolina are forced to miss work while they recover. Fortunately, they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits which can help them cope with many of the expenses associated with such an accident; a professional with experience with the compensation process can help guide injured workers while they pursue a fair settlement.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Police: Evacuation order lifted following Wisconsin refinery blast that injured 11", Amy Forliti and Jeff Baenen, April 27, 2018

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