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Workplace explosion injures 2 workers; 1 critically burned

Official and independent investigations supply evidence to show how an accident occurred and whether resulting injuries or deaths might have been prevented. Proof of negligence is crucial for victims of occupational accidents. Responsible parties may be held liable for damages like pain and suffering, medical bills and wage losses.

Pennsylvania firefighters recently were among 50 emergency units called to the scene of an explosion at a financial services company south of the state line. Two women, employees of the firm, were injured in the weekday afternoon blast. State fire officials know there was a gas leak in the single-business building but aren't sure what set off the explosion.

A propane leak was identified in the remodeled building, a former schoolhouse built in the mid-1800s. Fire investigators learned gas accumulated in the basement of the structure but intend to keep the probe open to search for the ignition source. Reports said both victims were airlifted to medical facilities.

A 39-year-old worker was listed in good condition after treatment for unidentified injuries. She was due to be released the day after the explosion, but the second employee had serious first- and second-degree burns. The 38-year-old's medical status was critical, although doctors were able to stabilize the woman's condition.

More than one defendant may be blamed for failing to safeguard the people in a workplace. Employers are obligated to use reasonable measures to provide worker protection. A negligent property owner may be responsible for a lack of maintenance or safety features. A manufacturer, installer or servicer could be faulted for a defective product or work.

Attorneys work to ensure victims of fires and explosions – many who suffer extraordinary pain, long recoveries, scarring and disfigurement – receive full available benefits through workers' compensation or other sources. When applicable, a lawyer also will ensure victims are properly compensated by third parties responsible for injuries and financial losses.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Propane leak blamed in building explosion that injured two in Carroll County" No author given, May. 16, 2014

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