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Workplace accident injures one in Michigan

There are several occupations that place workers into potentially dangerous situations every day they are on the job. These workers know that they need to follow all of the safety requirements in place, or they could find themselves or their co-workers at the risk of an accident. 

A recent workplace accident in Clare County highlights some of the issues that can arise even when workers take steps to protect themselves. The work-related accident resulted in serious injuries for one of the employees at the scene, and led officials to review the site to ensure that it was safe for other workers. 

The accident involved a natural gas explosion at an oil site in the county. Officials have not yet released their findings on the incident, but according to reports, a semi truck hit a natural gas pipeline. The driver of the truck tried to turn off the natural gas to prevent an explosion, but the running motor of the semi ignited the blast. The driver was seriously injured, with third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration reviewed the oil site after the accident occurred. The agency wanted to be sure that employees would be not risking additional explosions if they continued to work in the area.

Individuals injured in workplace accidents may be eligible to file for workers' compensation benefits while they are out of work. These benefits allow the injured workers to be able to receive the treatment they need for their injuries, and have their expenses covered by employers.

The workers' compensation system places strict requirements on workers before these benefits will be awarded. It is important to report any injuries as soon as they occur. Those injured workers with questions should speak to an experienced attorney to learn more about the process.

Source: MLive.com, "On-site investigation wraps up in natural gas explosion at oil site; Clare County man still in critical condition, public safety official reports," Jon Szerlag, June 18, 2013.

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