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OSHA fines company for employees injured in accident on the job

When workers in North Carolina are injured while on the job, it can have far-reaching consequences. Their health and well-being can be affected, not to mention that of their families. If the employee is unfortunate enough to have to miss work after an accident on the job, he or she may worry about the effect on his or her income. Two employees from out of state may be facing just that dilemma after an explosion at their workplace last year left them with injuries, as their company contests the findings of government officials.

The natural gas explosion happened just before noon on a Wednesday late last year. Workers were injured by an explosion from compressed gas that leaked from a garbage truck they were attempting to service. Nearby residents said the explosion was strong enough that they could feel their house shake. One employee had to be airlifted to a hospital for burn treatment while the other employee was treated on the scene of the explosion for injuries to his hand.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the incident and cited the company with two violations that carry a penalty of $14,000. The first violation relates to electrical installation and the second is a general safety violation. The company has decided to contest OSHA's report, which will likely result in a conference between representatives for the business and OSHA.

Those employees here in North Carolina who suffer an accident on the job may not be aware of their rights relating to workers' compensation. Those families who suffer the unspeakable loss of a family member who died while working also have the right to file for workers' compensation on behalf of that person. An experienced attorney can walk anyone with questions through the process.

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