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Pittsburgh workers injured in explosion

Two Pittsburgh workers were injured after an explosion occurred at the wastewater treatment plant where they both were employed. This occupational accident came about because of an explosion of methane gas from an undetermined source. In any case, both men suffered severe and extensive burns as a result of the explosion.

Little other information has been given concerning this incident other than the two men were taken to a Pittsburgh area hospital. Both men are listed as being in critical condition.

It's not always easy for the injured worker or worker's family to know their options. Often workers are injured on the job and they end up facing a lifetime of disability. Especially when we are speaking of industrial accidents such as explosions, injuries that occurred may prevent that worker from ever being employed again.

Injuries involving workers are often handled differently than if the injury did not occur on the job. Because such claims can be so complex, it is important that an injured worker consult with an attorney that is experienced in litigating matters involving worker's injuries and is highly familiar with workers' compensation rules.

Decisions need to be made in the above circumstance as to whether workers' compensation laws are applicable and whether any other specific statues or OSHA regulations were violated. Also, an investigation needs to be conducted to determine the exact cause of the explosion and whether other parties besides the employer should be brought into the suit. Determinations will need to be made as to what the proper duty of care happened to be for the employer of the injured worker.

Source: WYTV News, "Explosion Victims Remain Critical," March 22, 2012

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