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Workers investigating gas leak suffer burns in workplace accident

Keeping New York State running effectively and efficiently requires workers performing maintenance, repairs and construction. While these workers are generally competent and do their jobs safely, there remains an inherent danger in any task they are required to do. This is especially true when working with electrical and explosive materials. Those who are in an accident in these circumstances can face burns and other types of on-the-job injury. With the medical expenses and long-term damage that can result, workers' compensation and a legal filing are often the only available ways to cover what they lost.

An explosion led to three utility workers being burned. A gas leak is believed to have been the cause. The incident occurred in the early morning hours at around 1 a.m. The workers are employed by National Grid. After the explosion, the men were taken to the hospital for treatment. They were said to have minor burns. A spokesperson for the company stated that the workers were there to investigate a potential gas leak. As they dug, there was a spark and the subsequent explosion. Work in the area is ongoing to determine the source of the gas leak.

Burns can have a major impact on a worker's life. These can cause scars, damage to nerves, the body part being limited or outright useless and even result in infections and death. Even minor burns can have a negative effect on a person's life and ability to work. There will be medical costs, hospitalization and the potential issues getting back to work. Workers' compensation can help to cover the worker for the treatment and for the time missed on the job. If there are costs that are not paid, a legal filing can be pursued.

For these workers, despite the reports that the burns were minor, they could still deal with long-term problems due to this accident. Regardless, for the medical expenses, lost wages and other problems that can and will come up due to this explosion, they should make certain they get the maximum benefits with help from a legal professional experienced in helping injured workers.

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