A tragic building explosion in Mexico that occurred just a few hours ago left 80 injured and took 14 lives. According to Yahoo! News, there is no immediate cause for the explosion but investigators have deduced that it occurred in the basement of an administrative building next to the 52-story building Petroleos Mexicanos. This building is also often referred to as PexMex. The PexMex tower was evacuated after the explosion, but the structure was heavily damaged. One employee told reporters that there was an explosion and all the lights went out. He added that he injured his leg in the sudden explosion. Another witness says that she was talking with friends when there was a jolting boom.
She immediately started running but the debris made visibility almost impossible. The police arrived and landed four rescue helicopters to remove severely injured or dead employees from the wreckage. Two trucks arrived on scene to move damaged cars and make more landing room for the helicopters. Rescue teams arrived to free trapped workers and moved them out on rolling office chairs and gurneys. Many were harmed by the falling debris and broken glass that showered them during the accident.
While no immediate cause for the explosion has been determined, an earlier Tweet this morning announced that the company had evacuated the building as a precautionary measure after a problem with the electrical system in the complex. At the time, the company Tweeted that several workers were injured. The streets surrounding the building were closed and the rescue crews loaded almost 100 injured men and women into ambulances. The explosion has left at least 14 families devastated by the loss of a loved one, and has caused at least 80 employees to receive medical care.
Because this accident occurred while they were on the job, each employee is entitled to compensation. This is especially true if investigators are able to determine that the accident happened as a result of an electrical issue that should have been fixed. Streets surrounding the building were closed at the time of the explosion, and rescue and clean-up crews are still working to clear the damage. If you are injured in an explosion that could have been prevented or occurred while you were on the job, then you have the right to seek worker’s compensation. You can receive payment that will cover the medical expenses of your treatments, and you may even be able to obtain additional finances for your pain and suffering. You also have the right to seek compensation through wrongful death if your loved one was killed in a tragic accident like the PexMex explosion. Contact a personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today if you want more information about litigating in these types of accidents.