On Thursday morning, a sudden explosion occurred at a steel plant near St. Louis and at least nine people were rushed to the hospital as a result. According to the LA Times, two of the injured individuals were injured critically, and federal workplace safety officials are already probing the situation to determine exactly what happened. Employees believed that the incident was the result of a natural gas explosion, but firefighters remained on the scene for at least an hour afterwards to investigate.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has agreed to take over the investigation from here on out. The OSHA chiefly wants to determine whether or not there were any workplace safety violations regarding the accident. If any of the injured workers could have been safe had proper safety procedure been followed, then the company may be sued or failing to make employee safety a priority at the workplace.
Seven of the injured workers at the plant were taken away because of smoke inhalation and hare not in stable condition. They are all recovering from the incident but are expected to return to work in short order. Unfortunately, two victims at the accident were not able to avoid serious injury, and were flown to Mercy Hospital with various degrees of burns. Both patients were listed in critical condition at the last report. Firefighters say that they have had to rush to American Steel for various other explosions and injuries in the past.
Still, the firefighters admit that this is probably the largest accident that has happened at the plant to date. If you want more information about plant explosions like this one or are a worker who wants to seek compensation for injuries in one of these explosions, you need to talk to a reliable and aggressive worker’s compensation attorney at Arnold & Itkin today. The Houston personal injury lawyers at this firm are ready and willing to help you with your case so contact them immediately for more information!