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Gas well explosion injures at least one Pennsylvania worker

A natural gas well in Pennsylvania exploded recently staring a massive fire. If left uncontrolled, the fire could burn for months -- since it is gas fed. The fire was so large that local residents say that they felt the ground shake during the explosion and a specialized team of experts has to be brought into help put out the blaze.

Unfortunately, in the initial explosion one worker was injured. The worker had to be taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. However, the extent of the workplace injury is unknown. Furthermore, another worker is unaccounted for in the accident. Some reports claim that it could be days before rescue workers can safely search the rubble for clues on why the fire occurred. However, OSHA and other agencies are on site and investigating the workplace accident.

While this is an extreme example of how dangerous Pennsylvania workplaces can be, it is not uncommon for workers to be injured -- or even killed -- at work. Employer negligence, employee mistake and other factors can all contribute to a workplace accident. However, no matter the cause, workers need to protect their rights following an accident that leaves them with injuries.

When people are injured on the job workers' compensation can help pay for the financial consequences that arise from the accident. This compensation is often available even if the worker causes the accident that leaves the worker injured. Workers' compensation can help to pay for medical costs, lost wages and other expenses suffered by the accident. This compensation ensures that workers are not financially devastated by an accident that may or may not be their fault.

Source: KDKA, "1 Injured, 1 Unaccounted For At Greene Co. Gas Well Fire," Ross Guidotti, Feb. 11, 2014

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