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Workers' compensation could help victims of explosion

Proper workplace safety is essential to the well-being of each and every employee in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, some men and women are continually subjected to unsafe working conditions that put their lives at risk. Although workers' compensation is available for injured workers, this compensation may seem trivial to those who have lost loved ones in accidents.

A recent explosion cost one Pennsylvania worker his life and sent another to the hospital. One of the victims -- a 69-year-old man -- had driven the front cab of a tractor-trailer around the back of a building shortly before the accident. After hooking the cab to a trailer, he exited the vehicle.

A 65-year-old worker had driven a van to the same location in order to pick up the other worker and bring him back to their work building. Unfortunately, as the tractor-trailer driver moved toward the van, the vehicle exploded, killing its driver. The tractor-trailer driver survived but suffered shrapnel injuries that required treatment at an area hospital.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is aiding the police with its investigation into the explosion. Although investigators are still unsure what may have caused the incident, they noted that the van was carrying oxygen tanks, an air compressor and other possibly volatile items. Currently, there is no evidence that foul play was involved.

Whether due to a lack of adequate safety measures or unavoidable circumstances, workplace accidents are devastating to victims and their families. Many victims find that immediately returning to work is impossible, while families who lose loved ones struggle with the emotional and financial implications. In most instances, workers' compensation is an essential tool for recovery, as it provides lost wages, compensation for medial bills and other essential costs to Pennsylvania victims and their families.

Source:, "Vehicle explosion kills one man in Lebanon County", Ashley Paul, May 9, 2018

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