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11 workers injured in West Virginia chemical plant incident


As a previous post highlighted, serious and fatal injuries could occur in the workplace. In these matters, it is important that employees, employers and federal agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, understand how the accident occurred and how it could be avoided or prevented in the future. A thorough work accident investigation does not only uncover the cause of the workplace accident but also help injured workers recover benefits for the injuries, losses and damages incurred by the incident.

According to recent reports, eleven contract workers were injured in an accident at the West Virginia chemical manufacturer Axiall Corp.'s Natrium plant. Preliminary reports suggest that it was a boiler accident, resulting in three workers being treated and released from the hospital and three workers being held for observation. Information regarding the other five injured workers was not available at the time of this report.

The facility manufactures chlorine, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, and it was the location of another workplace accident in September 2014. In that incident, one worker was killed and the three other were injured when the workers were exposed to a caustic soda while doing maintenance work at the facility. The recent incident is currently under investigation, and the cause has not been determined at this time.

When a workplace injury occurs, employees should understand that they have options available to them. A serious work injury could cause the employee to miss work while they receive medical treatment and recover from his or her injuries. Medical bills could accumulate and the employee could suffer from lost wages. Workers' compensation benefits could help offset these losses, helping the injured employee take the time to properly heal and recover.

Source: Insurance Journal, "11 West Virginia Workers Injured at Chemical Manufacturer Plant," Dec. 17, 2015

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