The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into a fire that followed the eruption of a propane gas tanker in Pennsylvania. Workers’ compensation claims for benefits will likely be filed by two employees who suffered burn injuries in this incident. Reportedly, firefighters were called to the site of a gas provider on a recent Friday morning.
A suspected malfunction of a valve on a 3,500-gallon tanker truck vented fuel that resulted in the fire. The blaze apparently destroyed two tanker trucks. The heat led to a third tank venting fuel, but firefighters could stop that truck from being destroyed. However, two employees of the gas company who were working on the truck with the suspected faulty valve were caught in the fire.
One worker suffered critical injuries, and he was rushed to a regional burn center. He was kept in an induced coma from which he has since awoken. Subsequent reports indicated a slight improvement in his condition. A second worker’s injuries were reported to be less severe, and he was released after treatment at a nearby medical facility.
Burn injuries can have long-term consequences that could be life-changing. Victims of severe burns are typically unable to return to work soon. Medical treatment is a painful process, especially if skin grafts are done. Mounting medical expenses and loss of income may cause further anxiety to burn victims. However, with the help of an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney, benefits claims can be filed immediately to ensure prompt settlement of medical bills along with wage replacement.
Source: citizensvoice.com, “Government agency probing Pittston Twp. propane fire“, Sarah Scinto, July 27, 2017