Early last month, two workers at a Chesapeake Energy facility were brought to Colorado to be treated for severe burn injuries following a workplace accident. According to law enforcement, the blast occurred while two workers were processing an unknown fluid.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has labeled Wyoming as the second deadliest state to work in, coming behind North Dakota. Last year, more than 30 Wyoming workers were killed on the job. In Wyoming, there are 9.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers.
In an attempt to help reduce the high number of worker deaths, Wyoming lawmakers were close to passing legislation that would have fined companies for fatal workplace accidents. If the law had passed and the violations were serious enough, companies could have been fined as high as $250,000 for fatal workplace accidents.
How Are Accident Survivors Affected By Burn Injuries?
Sadly, the consequences for the two workers might be permanent. One of the injured workers reportedly has third degree burns over 29 percent of his body. According to the Mayo Clinic, third degree burns are the most serious burn injury, involving all layers of the skin and underlying fat tissue. Third degree burns can cause permanent disfigurement for accident survivors.
Burn injuries can require expensive medical procedures such as skin grafts and costs associated with long hospital stays. Employees injured during workplace accidents might have options for pursuing damages to help pay for medical bills and other costs associated with rehabilitation.
Contacting an attorney can help those injured by negligent employers discover available legal options.
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