An early morning explosion at the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Beaver County filled an underground pit with sludge killing two contractors. Four others were injured.
The two contractors who were killed worked for Enerfab Corp. It is reported that they were in a “well-type” area at the Bruce Mansfield Plant late Tuesday night when they removed an elbow joint in a pipe, which released hydrogen sulfide gas into their confined space.
The power plant is owned by First Energy Corporation and according to First Energy’s Website, it is the largest coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River and employs around 350 people. The plant spans an area of over 473 acres in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this workplace tragedy.
Sadly, workplace accidents are not at all uncommon. According to OSHA, an average of more than 13 people died each day in 2015 as a result of a workplace accident. There were also approximately 2.9 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses that same year.
When a worker is injured on the job, the loss of wages and mounting medical bills can devastate a family’s finances and affect their way of life for years to come. If a worker is killed, not only do they suffer the loss of wages and medical bills, they have funeral costs to pay.
All too often, workers are not adequately prepared for the financial ruin that may happen should they become a victim of a workplace accident. Worker’s compensation may help, but most of the cost of the healthcare that follows is out of pocket for the victim.
In order to help themselves and their families, employees may decide to contact an attorney to help with a personal injury case. Such a case could entitle them to financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, funeral bills and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace injury or illness or has died as a result of a workplace accident, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to review your case.