Posted On: March 12, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Worker Deaths at New Mexico Refinery Confirmed

Two men died at a refinery explosion and fire last week at Navajo Refinery in New Mexico. According to this Associated Press article on, authorities located the body of the first worker immediately after the March 2, 2010 fire. A second man was missing and presumed dead. A parent company of the refinery confirmed his death.

Two other workers were injured in the blaze, which was confined to a new asphalt storage tank under construction away from the refinery’s main operations.

All four workers were employed by a refinery contractor, Northwest Insulation.

The families of the workers who died, as well as the injured workers, would be well advised to contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced Philly workers comp 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.