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Explosion in oil plant may result in injured worker claim

Oil, in all its forms, is an important part of California's economy. However, managing and processing oil requires significant human resources. If one is not careful when working with this or other flammable materials, an explosion can occur, which could be followed by an injured worker claim and possibly an OSHA investigation.

One employer may be facing this situation following a recent industrial accident in a neighboring state that left one worker injured. The incident happened in mid-March at an oil processing plant when an explosion occurred. The explosion happened as a man was filling up the tank of a commercial tanker. The cause of the explosion remains unknown, according to the latest reports released to the public.

Two individuals who were present at the scene extinguished the fire and performed first aid on the injured worker. The man was transported immediately to a local medical facility in order to receive treatment. He was then later flown to another medical facility that specializes in treating burn victims. The injured worker sustained burns to his arms and head.

The local fire department is continuing to investigate the incident that could result in an injured worker claim. Even though local authorities are investigating, work safety authorities from OSHA will likely also want to investigate this serious workplace accident, as it does those in California. This can be worrisome for an employer since an OSHA investigation can lead to citations and associated fines. In some cases, legal action may need to be taken by an employer in order to defend itself against accusations of safety violations.

Source:, "Man Burned In Industrial Accident In Yerington", March 12, 2015

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