An Augusta man recently died after suffering serious injuries in an explosion at a Georgia chemical plant. Authorities say that a welding accident led to the ignition of a stationary liquid tank. The explosion threw the 29-year-old man over 75 feet to his death.
Two other workers were also thrown from the tank and were hospitalized due to chemical exposure and burns. OSHA is conducting an investigation to determine the circumstances that gave rise to the accident.
What to Do If You Lose a Loved One in a Workplace Accident
Working in a chemical plant exposes workers to some dangers not present in other workspaces. However, some injuries and deaths that occur in chemical plants are caused by negligence. Under the law, a person has committed negligence if they breach a duty of care they have to others and that breach leads to injury. Tragically, even small acts of negligence in chemical plants can lead to catastrophic consequences, such as the deaths of workers. But regardless of negligence, the beneficiaries of deceased workers are entitled to death benefits under the Georgia workers’ comp system if they can prove they relied on those workers for their livelihoods.
Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is a devastating experience, especially when the death could have been prevented. The grieving process is hard enough without having to deal with the legal process of seeking workers’ comp benefits or a potential third-party claim against a negligent party. That is why it is important to discuss your case with a qualified work injury attorney that can relieve you of that burden so you have time to heal and mourn. Our law firm has many years of experience fighting for the families of people who have lost their lives in workplace accidents.