Employees in California and across the country often face many hazards as they complete their required work-related obligations. While they may go to great lengths to follow best safety practices, an industrial accident can still occur. Depending on the nature of the accident, the lives of multiple people could be at stake. Unfortunately, reports indicate that at least one person was killed in an explosion in another state, but more fatalities are expected.
The incident happened at AB Specialty Silicones. According to reports, an explosion happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a day in early May. The blast reportedly broke windows in and otherwise damaged buildings near the site. Those who live nearby reported hearing a sound like a bomb and described the walls of their house shaking.
In the immediate aftermath, one person was pronounced dead. Two others were missing, but believed to have perished; reports indicate that recovery efforts were suspended because of concerns regarding the building’s structural stability. Four other people were injured in the explosion though the nature of their injuries is unclear.
Unfortunately, the families of the workers lost in the industrial accident are now left to cope with news that no one is ever prepared to hear. Additionally, most families in California and across the country are also unprepared to deal with the financial ramifications of such a loss. Because costs associated with an accident such like this can be overwhelming for a grieving family or other victims recovering from injuries, states require employees to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits. While they can compensate injured workers for medical expenses and lost wages, they can also extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality and cover funeral costs.