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Workplace accident involving exploding gas oven injures 5

Working around gas ovens can be life threatening. Gas explosions in industrial facilities in New York and other states have caused severe injuries to workers in the past. Although employers must ensure safe work environments in which they address all known hazards, industrial accidents continue to occur -- some with devastating consequences. A recent workplace accident at a manufacturing plant in a another state caused injuries to several employees.

In an incident report, the local fire chief said that the accident occurred at the premises of a manufacturer of exercising rowing machines on a recent Wednesday. He said a gas oven malfunctioned and caused an explosion. The report indicated that one worker suffered burns to his face, another one experienced respiratory problems, and three employees were hurt when they fell while evacuating the building.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reportedly received a call about the incident shortly after midday, and the agency launched an investigation. They started by interviewing employees. The investigators will likely focus on the company's compliance with prescribed safety regulations.

Just as an injured worker would be entitled to do in New York, each one of the employees who was injured in this workplace accident will be entitled to pursue financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system of their state. The worker who suffered facial burns may need skin grafts -- a costly and time-consuming procedure that may keep him away from work for an extended period. They can pursue benefits for coverage of medical expenses, and if their injuries prevent them from going to work, the benefits might include wage-replacement packages based on their average weekly wages.

Source: Bristol, RI Patch, "OSHA Returns to Water Rower in Warren Today: Investigation in 'Infant Stages,' Area Director Says", Margo Sullivan, Dec. 8, 2016

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