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9 Victims Injured at Steel Plant Explosion

Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Mar-2013

A steel plant explosion in St. Louis, Missouri resulted in the injury of at least 9 victims who were working on the site. According to federal workplace safety officials there were at least 2 victims who are in critical condition from the explosion, while the others are less severe. According to reports, the Granite City, Ill. Firefighters received the call around 8 a.m. Thursday morning about the explosion that occurred at the American Steel location.

Employees at the steel plant told responders to the scene that they believe the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak of some sort. Fire Chief Tim Connolly said his team remained on site for an additional hour in order to investigate the explosion and have come to the conclusion that it is a typical industrial accident. However, in order to further investigate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will take over looking into what could have caused the explosion that injured so many workers on the job. Their main concern is whether or not the company itself is in violation of any health and safety regulations in the workplace.

At this time, the seven victims who incurred minor injuries are in stable condition at the local hospital as they are being treated for smoke inhalation from the explosion. The remaining two victims were transported by helicopter to another hospital in the area for burn treatments, and they remain in critical condition. Chief Connolly claims that this explosion is likely to have been the largest one their city has seen yet.

Workplace injuries are extremely common when working in an industrial plant of any sort. For this reason it is the responsibility of the company to ensure their workers are in a safe environment at all times; when this does not happen people are hurt or killed. If you or someone you know has been recently injured in a similar workplace accident, contact Arnold & Itkin today for the plant explosion attorney you deserve on your side!

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