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2 firefighters, 1 utility worker face workplace injury

People in the United States enjoy a way of life that may seem to be foreign to others living in other areas of the country. While water flowing directly into houses through pipes may seem to be a requirement of everyday life, many people take it for granted until a water leak, for example, occurs resulting in the water being shut off. Unfortunately, many people in North Carolina also take for granted the effort that utility workers must go to and the potential for a workplace injury that they may face in maintaining water lines, for example.

A recent accident in another state underscores the dangers that these workers face. As workers responded to a water line leak, they began excavating asphalt. During the process, a natural gas line was reportedly struck.

The extent and exact cause of their injuries are unclear. However, reports indicate that one water utility worker and two firefighters were injured after the gas ignited. One firefighter claims that the decision was made to let the fire burn though they were ensuring that homes and power lines in the area were protected.

Anyone who has required treatment at a hospital likely knows of the expense that is often associated with it. In combination with lost wages that could be experienced during a recovery period, many who experience a workplace injury could face serious financial repercussions if employers in North Carolina and across the country were not required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits. However, the compensation process can be complicated, prompting many who are injured at work to seek help from an experienced professional.

Source: wateronline.com, "Water Worker, Firefighters Injured By Gas Line Fire", Sara Jerome, April 24, 2018

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