The dangers blue-collared workers face on the job site was highlighted last Friday night in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, when a tank four men were working on exploded. According to reports from News Channel 4, investigators with the Kingfisher Fire Department determined the blast was caused by residual gas and flammable fumes that had built up in the tank.
One of the men was welding on the tank with the three others standing near the front of it when a spark from the torch ignited into a giant fireball. The blast knocked windows out of surrounding cars and buildings and left the tank with a gaping hole on the underside, but miraculously none of the men around the tank were injured.
While all the workers in this case luckily escaped unscathed, other workers may not be so lucky if a similar accident were to occur. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the construction industry is the most dangerous, having more fatal accidents per year than the trucking industry. In fact, in the year 1995, welders alone accounted for a total of 72 deaths in the industry.
That’s why it’s important that employers and contractors promote a safety oriented work environment and carry plenty of workers’ compensation insurance. Unfortunately, many times when an accident happens, insurance companies do not properly compensate the victim.
The Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers advise those who were hurt on-the-job at no fault of their own to seek the advice of an attorney immediately after getting medical attention.