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Worker dies in Florida chemical plant explosion


When someone is killed in an accident at work, the family left behind must make certain to protect themselves. This can be a secondary consideration in the context of the loss of a loved one, but it is imperative to remember what can be done to receive compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

One type of employment that is particularly hazardous is working with chemicals. This reality was hammered home when a worker at a Florida industrial plant died when there was an explosion on the loading dock where he was stationed. The incident happened shortly after noon. The initial investigation indicated that the explosion might have started close to a holding tank where two semi-trucks held nitrous oxide. It is not yet known whether the explosion occurred during the process of transferring the nitrous oxide.

When a family learns that a loved one has died in a workplace accident, there are practical and financial concerns to deal with. For example, since the person died at work, it stands to reason that he or she was a breadwinner in the household. Making ends meet could be a worry. There will be funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and family needs that will no longer be fulfilled.

When a loved one is killed on the job, workers' compensation death benefits will usually cover a portion of the family's economic loss. Under the no-fault workers' compensation system, the employer is immune from a civil lawsuit. However, if non-employer third parties such as contractors, material suppliers or equipment manufacturers were at fault in causing the accident, the family can recover additional compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: pnj.com, "Airgas explosion likely loading dock accident," Kevin Robinson, Aug. 29, 2016

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