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Propane Tank Rupture Injures Worker, Gas Contained

Propane Tank Rupture Injures Worker, Gas Contained

Credit: Jason Woodhead

A propane tank rupture in a Lauderhill residential neighborhood has sent a worker to the hospital on Wednesday. According to investigators, an employee of the gas company was filling an underground tank when the valve broke in the area of Northwest 29th Street and 56th Avenue.

While both emergency crews and the gas company state that the gas leak has been capped, one of the workers was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. His condition remains unknown.

An accident or injury on the job can happen at any time and for any number of reasons. Some are due to worker negligence or failing to take proper safety precautions. Construction job sites see a higher number of workplace injuries because of the constant use of heavy machinery and industrial level equipment, the use of hazardous substances and materials. Oil and natural gas workers constantly must face a dangerous working environment because of the potential hazards surrounding them. As in this case, a main or tank could rupture and an accident can occur.

When a worker is injured on the job, naturally, there is a concern about potential loss of income from being away from the job for any length of time. It is a sad truth that unfortunately there are unscrupulous employers who would rather simply terminate an injured employee rather than compensate them for their injuries. Some will even try to do all that they can to get an injured employee to quit or will simply keep changing the rules surrounding their job and what is required so that the odds are always in their favor rather than as an advocate for the employee who has been hurt.

All too often, an injured worker will just settle for a fraction of what their injury case is worth because of the constant barriers that an employer will try to put up in order to avoid any costly settlements. Employees who are injured while on the job do have rights; even in states that are “right to work” states. Most labor laws were written to protect both the injured employees and the employers. Workers compensation was designed to cover some things; however, often Workman’s Compensation just isn’t enough to handle all the expenses. Even in cases where either party acts in good faith, for some on the job injury cases, litigation is the only way for the matter to be settled fairly.

If you have been injured on the job, give our offices a call. Before you sign a statement with your employer or workman’s compensation or insurance, you will need a legal representative with years of experience with on-the-job accident cases. We will take the time to listen to the details of your case and outline a course of action so that you can receive compensation for medical expenses, long term care, a permanent injury settlement or other more catastrophic costs that have occurred due to your workplace accident. We are here to help you, and your initial consultation is confidential and without cost or obligation.

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