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Texas welder suffers job injury after auto shop blast

Certain occupations are always risky. For example, welders are at risk every day of suffering burns and other injuries because of the nature of the work that they do. Unfortunately, one welder at a Texas auto shop recently suffered a job injury after a storage tank exploded. As he likely has a lengthy recovery ahead, the welder and his family may be looking into workers' compensation benefits.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on Jan. 13 in Alice. The man was reportedly grinding and welding an oil storage tank. Witnesses reported hearing three explosions, and the side of the tank ruptured. A fire broke out, causing severe damage to the auto shop and three vehicles.

Workers from a nearby tire shop rushed to the scene to help the injured welder. They took him to safety at a location across the street where they called 911. The man reportedly sustained severe burns on his right arm, abdomen and legs. He was taken by helicopter to a medical center in San Antonio to be treated for his injuries.

When a job injury like this occurs, it may have a devastating impact on a worker and his or her family. Severe injuries may keep the worker from returning to his or her job for a long time or even permanently. Texas workers' compensation benefits are available to help families during times like this by offering financial assistance to cover medical expenses and lost wages. The process of obtaining these benefits can sometimes be complex, so anyone in need of workers' compensation would likely benefit from seeking assistance. This may help the process go more smoothly in addition to ensuring that the family receives all available benefits.

Source:, Welder Injured in Explosion at Auto Shop, Ben Lloyd, Jan. 13, 2014

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