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Fatal accident underscores importance of workers' compensation

A work environment can be fatal if proper safety and training is not implemented in the workplace. Even when an employer specifically addresses any health and safety issues at the workplace, accidents can still happen and they could turn out to be fatal. When an employee is injured or killed on-the-job, it is important that the injured worker or the family of the deceased worker can seek workers' compensation. This will assist with any financial burdens that may occur.

Recently, an accident at a natural gas operation occurred in Tyler County. A 56-year-old worker suffered serious injuries from the incident and did not survive. Two additional workers were injured. The incident took place at a Eureka Hunter Pipeline operation that was located near Wick.

A preliminary investigation by authorities revealed that the accident was due to an explosion at a compressor station, but Magnum Hunter Resources, Eureka's parent, claims that it was due to a flash fire. The fire occurred at a "pig receiving station." According to Magnum, pigs are used as devices to clean or inspect the pipelines at the station. Magnum has indicated in their initial reports that the accident was due to natural gas liquids igniting in the tanks during the pigging operations.

A worker injured or killed in an accident like this at the work place could receive workers' compensation benefits. Either the injured party or the loved ones of the deceased worker could file for the benefits to go towards any financial burdens that resulted from the incident. Expenses such as medical bills, funeral bills, lost wages and pain and suffering could be covered.

Some jobs require workers to be in dangerous and hazardous work environments. Even with proper safety features and training, workplace accidents in these types of environments can be fatal.

Source: The Republic, "Worker dies from injuries suffered in accident at natural gas operation in Tyler County," April 14, 2013

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