A chemical explosion at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant caused injuries to two workers but did not damage the facility. However, firefighters closed the plant for several hours while they decontaminated the site of the workplace accident.
The accident happened before 10 a.m. on Nov. 7 at Hiossen, a denture manufacturing plant in Falls Township. The plant location is reportedly the former site of a U.S. Steel mill. A firefighter official said that the incident occurred while the two workers poured nitric acid from one container into a five-gallon pail. The workers both suffered from burns to their upper bodies and respiratory tract.
Co-workers helped one of the injured workers by taking him over to an emergency sink where they washed the chemical off of him. The other worker stumbled outside where firefighters found him and decontaminated him. Falls Township fire officials said they transported the men to a Trenton hospital for treatment of their injuries; they are expected to survive. Fire officials said that the pail was damaged, but not the plant. In addition, they said that the only protective equipment that the men were using at the time of the accident was gloves.
Working with chemicals can be extremely dangerous. Although accidents can happen, a business has a responsibility to ensure safe working conditions for its workers. That includes providing access to the necessary safety equipment to minimize hazards and having supervisors make sure that workers have and use the equipment. An employee who is injured on the job qualifies for workers' compensation. A workers' compensation lawyer could analyze the facts of a client's case and determine if it were in their best interest to accept a settlement. However, if a settlement turns out to be inadequate compensation, the lawyer could prove employer negligence and file a claim for his or her client.
Source: NJ.com, "Two Falls Township, Pa. workers injured after nitric acid explosion on former U.S. Steel island", Alex Zdan, November 08, 2013