A workplace accident has severely injured a worker in Bartonville, Texas. The accident occurred at Bonded Lightning Protection Systems at approximately 10:30 a.m. According to Argyle Fire Chief, Mac Hohenberger, a 25-year-old subcontractor was in the process of igniting gas-fueled water pump when an explosion occurred due to the water pump backfiring. The worker was transported to the hospital via ambulance and has sustained burns to 40 percent of his body. Bonded Lightning Protection Services, Ltd. and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident.
In 2014, 4,679 workers were killed in workplace accidents, and thousands more sustained injuries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Some occupations are deemed dangerous such as police officers, firefighters, and construction workers; however, all workers are at risk of sustaining work-related injuries. All companies that employ five or more workers in Missouri, and nearly all construction companies, are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. The insurance is a no-fault coverage meaning you are covered for an accident without proving the negligence of others. The worker’s compensation insurance benefits provide coverage for medical treatment and wage replacement. However, the wages are only replaced at a rate of 66.6% of the worker’s average weekly wage making it imperative to contact an experienced St. Louis worker’s compensation attorney.
The worker’s compensation attorney at Meyerkord & Kurth will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys believe you should always be safe, especially at your place of employment. If that safety is compromised, we will fight to obtain the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish. If you have sustained an injury at work, contact us today for a free consultation.