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Texas plant explosion injures 2, sparks wide evacuation

A few weeks ago, we talked about some of the biggest and deadliest workplace accidents in the history of the country. We also noted that modern safety practices and tools have reduced the chance of major injury or death in almost all industries. Happily, a recent explosion in a Texas plant illustrates the effectiveness of modern safety.

The explosion occurred in a gas refinery. Black plumes of smoke could be seen for miles on the horizon after the explosion occurred and officials evacuated people from an area 10 miles around the plant for safety reasons.

According to reports, a fire occurred at the plant around 9 a.m., on Dec. 3. Until investigators are able to review the scene, a statement cannot be made about the cause of the explosion, said reports. The fire itself was still burning as of nightfall on Dec. 3.

According to reports, 250 workers were in or around the plant at the time of the incident. Thanks to safety measures and quick actions, no one died in the incident and only two workers were injured. Reports are that those injuries were relatively minor.

While such a large fire is scary and has serious financial consequences for both the plant and the workers, that only two people were injured is a positive thing. But not all workers are so lucky. Some employers don't follow safety regulations as closely as they should, and the results can be tragic.

Understanding your rights as an employee is important. You have a right to some expectation of safety, but you also have a right to compensation when you experience losses from a workplace incident. With a minor injury, that compensation might cover your medical treatment. In more serious cases, compensation can help cover lost wages.

Source: Current-Argus, "Workers escape serious injury after plant explosion," Sarah A. Matott, Dec. 03, 2015

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