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Worker seriously injured in Pennsylvania fire

Pennsylvania employees have the right to feel safe at work. In most cases, employers have safety regulations that they must adhere to in order to ensure that workers are not placed in harm's way. These regulations may require certain safety equipment be used, that safety training be given or other similar requirements. The specific requirements will depend on the specific industry. In any case, these rules are meant to prevent workplace accidents and injuries to employees.

Despite the regulations, workplace injuries still occur in Pennsylvania workplaces. Recently, for example, a worker was seriously burned in a fire at work. According to reports, the worker was cleaning mixing equipment at a chemical plant when a flash fire broke out. The exact cause of the fired is unknown.

Following the fire, the worker was taken to a hospital via a helicopter. However, no information about the employee or the person's current condition has been released.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fire. OSHA is responsible for creating and enforcing the safety rules that businesses must adhere to. It also investigates workplace accidents to determine why they occurred and how they could have been prevented.

While the OSHA investigation is important in preventing future accidents, it will do little for an employee that has already suffered injuries. In these cases, workers' compensation may be available to help the worker cover expenses caused by the accident. Workers' compensation can help compensate the employee for medical costs, lost wages and more. This compensation can help employees focus on their recovery instead of worrying about how much it is going to cost.

Source: The Meadville Tribune, "OSHA to investigate Lord Corp. fire," Keith Gushard, June 28, 2014

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