Pennsylvania Flash Electrical Fire at Asphalt Plant Injures 3
An October 9th explosion and fire at an asphalt plant in eastern Pennsylvania injured three workers, two of them critically.
According to an Associated Press article, an electrical panel burst into flames in the control room of the H&K Group’s South Reading Blacktop plant at 11 a.m. on October 9. A male electrical contractor was eating lunch in front of the screen. Two workers, a 57-year-old man and a 49-year-old man were injured after they and others rushed to help the worker who was eating in front of the screen.
The man eating lunch and the 57-year-old were in critical condition October 10 at a nearby hospital. The 49-year-old was treated for smoke inhalation.
The company called the blast a flash electrical fire and says it was the first such accident at the facility. State police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration have also been investigating.
The families of these injured workers would be well advised to contact an experienced Philadelphia workers' compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. It could be a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product. If it is determined that one of those parties was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.
Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.
Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.