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Texas man dies in explosion

A Texas man has died following an accident on the site of a facility that provides gas and oil services. The man worked for a water treatment company and was reportedly onsite handling water treatment functions.

The company the man worked for provides technology that treats water used by the oil and gas industry. According to reports, the man was mixing chemicals related to this process when an explosion occurred. As of Jan. 5, authorities had not provided detailed reasons for the explosions.

Reportedly, the investigators had not been able to determine at that time whether the explosion came from a spark of some type or from a chemical reaction. The man who died in the explosion was 23 years old. No other deaths were reported.

Some property damage was noted related to the explosion. The structure the man was working in was burned out, and at least five vehicles were destroyed or damaged in the resulting fire. Some RVs were located near the area, and they were evacuated following the explosion as a precaution.

This is an unfortunate and tragic event for this worker and his family. It illustrates the fact that you never know what can happen on the job. If you see unsafe work conditions, you should always report them. Companies have the responsibility under various laws to create work conditions that are as safe as possible.

But no one can control issues all of the time, especially when volatile materials are involved. If you are hurt on the job or lose someone to a workplace incident, then you have other rights under the law. One of those rights is to seek compensation for your loss.

Source: KTRE Channel 9, "Worker dies in explosion while mixing chemicals in Texas," Jan. 05, 2016

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