Parts of South Carolina are heavily industrialized, and plant employees work hard for their income. When a serious workplace accident leaves an industrial worker injured, the incident should be thoroughly investigated to determine if any safety violations occurred. The injury and any related medical treatment should also be well documented for a workers’ compensation claim.
A recent explosion at a radiator plant in Edgefield County is being investigated by the South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The blast injured three workers, two of whom were still in critical condition at the time of a local report. One man reportedly suffered burns on 50 percent of his body, and another man was burned on 30 percent of his body. The third injured worker was treated and released.
It was speculated that a transformer exploded and caused a small fire, but the OSHA investigation is expected to last a couple of months. The plant remained closed while investigators tried to determine the exact cause of the accident.
Industrial workplaces are subject to strict safety regulations, and a violation of safety standards can have catastrophic consequences for employees. If you have been injured in the course of your employment, then it is extremely important that the extent of your injury is made clear in your workers’ comp claim. Too often, injured workers receive less compensation than they should because the full extent of the injury isn’t accounted for.
Our workers’ comp overview has more on how to receive weekly payments after a work-related injury.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle, “South Carolina OSHA to investigate Edgefield plant explosion, injured workers identified,” June 10, 2014