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Fire-related incidents can cause severe workplace injuries

Sudden accidents can affect anyone, even those individuals who are on the job. Work-related accidents can sometimes be immensely serious and result in individuals suffering workplace injuries that could require hospitalization or even cause death. Though this type of incident can cause various difficulties, workers' compensation may be able to provide some financial relief. 

North Carolina residents may be interested in an on-the-job incident that recently took place in another state. According to reports, the event involved Department of Transportation workers who were carrying out maintenance duties that involved mowing. While they were attempting to fuel a tractor at a gas station, it was apparently suspected that the tractor hit the gas pump, which caused a fire to erupt at approximately 8:20 a.m.

Two DOT workers suffered injuries in the event. One of the individuals was transported from the scene by medical helicopter to a medical center in another area. The second worker -- who was injured while attempting to assist the first individual -- was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The incident was still under investigation at the time of the report in order to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Any type of on-the-job incident that involves fire can cause severe workplace injuries. It is likely that any employee affected by such an event, including those in North Carolina, will face medical expenses and time away from work in order to recover. The financial toll such challenges can take may cause considerable strain. Therefore, parties facing such circumstances may wish to learn more about workers' compensation benefits, and experienced attorneys may help interested individuals with any questions or complications.

Source: clarionledger.com, "MDOT workers injured in Starkville gas station fire", May 15, 2017

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