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1 dead, 1 injured from molten material burns at steel plant

An accident at CMC Steel Texas claimed the life of one worker and left another injured. The Aug. 3 incident occurred at the plant's facility in Seguin when molten material spilled and caught fire, according to the report.

A medical helicopter airlifted the two injured workers, a 21-year-old and a 41-year-old, to San Antonio Military Medical Center where they were treated for their injuries. It was reported that the hospital was in the process of releasing the 41-year-old worker. It was unclear how long that worker was hospitalized. The 21-year-old worker, however, succumbed to his injuries and died on Aug. 6 around 10:45 a.m.

When fire officials from the Seguin Fire Department and the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene, they immediately turned off the plant's primary gas line. However, once this was done, they were unable to enter into the company's facility because a gas release valve had activated in the process. Therefore, they had to wait until workers from the local natural gas company arrived to address the issue and make it safe for the fire crews to enter the building.

When crews entered the facility, they were able to extinguish the small-capacity fire. The company's employees were asked to leave the area until conditions were considered safe. It was unclear in the news release how the industrial accident occurred.

Workers' compensation claims are in place for Texas families whose loved one died as a result of a workplace injury. Through these claims, families have a right to receive death and burial benefits to help them with funeral expenses and income they lost because of the death of their loved one. Work comp benefits also assist injured workers with medical costs and wage losses while they recover. An attorney experienced with the complex issues involved in these filings may help workers to recover the maximum benefits possible.

Source: mySanAntonio.com, "Worker dies from burns in molten material spill", Mark D. Wilson, August 06, 2014

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