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Two workers injured in work accident on well site


Getting up and going to work every day is a normal routine for most residents in West Virginia. Even when a specific job presents dangers and risks, employees are used to the daily encounters and tend to not question their safety. Manual laborers that work with heavy machinery face numerous dangers in the work environment, but, with proper training and safety equipment, these hazards can be reduced significantly. Even when safety measures are carried out, a work accident could happen, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities.

Emergency crews and authorities recently responded to a natural gas drilling accident that took place in Doddridge County. According to preliminary reports, the accident happened while two workers were installing a sand separator. The installation was taking place at a well pad located near West Union. During the installation process, a fire ignited and injured the two workers.

The workers were transported to the hospital for treatment. According to reports, one of the injured workers still remains in the hospital. There have been no reports about the severity of the injuries or what type of injuries they suffered. This workplace accident took place only a few months after two workers from the same company were killed at a different site.

When a worker is injured on the job, that injury could significantly impact their ability to work and could impact their overall health. Following a workplace accident, the injured worker could file a workers' compensation claim. This could help them recover the costs of medical bills, rehabilitation and damages. Moreover, it could recover the lost wages the employee suffered as a result of the accident.

Following a work accident, the injured employee should make sure they get the necessary medical treatment. In addition, they should speak with a representative at their company regarding workers' compensation so they do not endure financial hardships following the accident.

Source: Metro News, "Two injured in well site fire," Oct. 28, 2013

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