Ohio Workers Compensation Lawyers Discuss Steel Mill Blast that Injures Five

by | December 2nd, 2013

December 2, 2013

The Ohio Workers Compensation Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that one of the leading causes of on-the-job injuries today are fires and explosions. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that roughly 132 workers lost their lives as a result of these accidents last year alone.

Five workers were left injured as the result of a blast that erupted at a steel mill in the town of Lorain, Ohio, this past week. According to an article published by The Columbus Dispatch, the incident occurred on the afternoon of Saturday, November 30, at the Republic Steel plant located on East 28th Street.

Capt. Tom Baker, with the Lorain Fire Department, stated the victims were performing their job duties when something ignited gases in the oxygen system of a furnace at the facility. The ignition of the gases resulted in an explosion that left five workers with injuries that required medical treatment at a local trauma center.

Officials are now working to determine the cause of the blast and if it could have been prevented.

The incident leaves many workers curious as to what action they should take if they are ever injured in an on-the-job accident. The law firm’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers would suggest first speaking with a qualified attorney regarding your legal options if you’re hurt in a work-related accident. Doing so will help ensure any rights to compensation you may have are protected.