The city of Struthers in the neighboring state of Ohio has received 10 citations resulting from a methane explosion at the city’s waste water treatment plant that killed two workers.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation issued the citations after findings from an investigation of the explosion that took place in March showed “serious hazards.”
Som of the violations included: workers were not properly trained, electrical equipment was too close to gas collection equipment, and workers were not required to wear electrical protective equipment. One citation claimed that employees had equipment that wasn’t meant for the work being done because dust or vapors could ignite or explode.
At the time of the explosion, two employees were performing maintenance work in a compressor room where gas had built up and ignited. The men suffered extensive burns and died weeks later.
In today’s economy, many Americans are out of work and struggling to find jobs. Those of us who are lucky to have jobs may be afraid to speak up if we’ve been injured on the job or we may feel put in harms way by the way we are asked to perform our jobs. But workers’ compensation laws are in place to protect the American worker. If you’re in this type of situation, there are people who can help. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.