Ohio residents know that the natural gas industry has been booming in the state for some time. Although there are definite economic benefits to be gained from the extraction of natural gas, the safety of the industry as a whole to the environment has come under close scrutiny. However, in addition to the potential environmental risks associated with extracting natural gas, many may have overlooked the potential risks for the workers that are involved in the process of extracting this valuable resource.
Recently, a 56 year old man from Ohio died in a workplace accident at a natural gas operation in another state. The worker was reportedly employed by a contractor that was working at the site. The reports indicate that some type of fire or explosion occurred at a compressor station, although the details of the accident are unclear at this time. Two other workers were also injured in the incident.
Unfortunately, the safety of workers is frequently compromised in many industries in order to turn a profit. The Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) will very likely investigate the details of this accident and issue fines and warnings, if any safety violations are found at the site.
Fortunately, if someone is injured while working in Ohio, they can rely on the Ohio Workers Compensation system to assist them during their recovery. Anyone who suffers a workplace injury, regardless of fault, may be entitled to receive monetary benefits for lost wages, reimbursement of medical expenses and ongoing medical treatment after an injury after filing a claim. If someone is left with a permanent disability or impairment, they may seek additional compensation. If someone dies as a result of an accident on the job, their loved ones may be entitled to receive monetary death benefits by filing a claim for worker’s compensation.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal, “Worker from Ohio killed in West Virginiaccident,” Bob Downing, April 14, 2013.