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Northwestern Pennsylvania welder dies in workplace blast

The more dangerous a job is, the more safety guidelines are needed to prevent workplace injuries and accidents. Employers are charged with adequately training workers to perform dangerous tasks. Companies are also required to make sure work environments are as hazard-free as possible.

Pittsburgh employees who perform tasks that involve unstable materials are aware of the risks they take. The families of workers constantly exposed to harm live in fear of a fatal work-related accident. While not all workers' deaths are preventable, many are when employers follow local, state and federal safety guidelines.

A Pennsylvania welder died recently in a Mercer County explosion. The oil company employee was working on a tank that contained 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel when the blast knocked him from an elevated walkway. A coroner's report said the 37-year-old worker died of pelvic and head injuries he suffered in the fall.

The accident victim worked for a New Castle oil company that began internal investigation. State environmental officials and regulators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration converged on the accident site to determine whether safety hazards were present when the tank blew.

Initial reports gave no indication that any safety violations were obvious. Investigations often take several months.

A neighbor noticed that the victim was only one of several people who had been working at the site in the days prior to the explosion. The blast sent chunks of wreckage into the neighbor's yard. The woman said when she saw the fireball caused by the explosion, she knew no one could have survived.

Lawyers help families obtain workers' compensation death benefits following the loss of a loved one through negotiations with an employer's insurer. When a third party's negligence is responsible for a work injury or fatality, workers' compensation attorneys assist by preparing civil claims to recover rightful compensation in a civil court.

Source:, "Explosion fatality was New Castle man" Tom Davidson, Aug. 21, 2013

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