There are a lot of jobs which come to mind when we think of dangerous workplaces. For instance, construction workers, loggers, fishermen are all seen as being at risk of serious injuries while at work. You might not think those at a factory that makes mustard would be in much danger, but a recent work place accident in Missouri proves that danger can lurk around any corner.
News reports indicate that a chemical spill took place last week in a Springfield, Missouri factory that manufactures French's mustard. The spill wasn't a small one; three workers have been sent to the hospital suffering from injuries related to the accident.
Assistant Fire Chief David Pennington said that the injuries were caused by sodium hydroxide, a chemical that is commonly used to clean equipment in industrial settings. The fire chief said that reports from those on the scene indicate that as many as 20 employees may have come into contact with the dangerous chemical. Of these 20, only three required decontamination and additional hospital care for chemical burns to their skin.
The cause of the accident appears to be a ruptured pipe containing the cleaning chemical. One worry for those exposed to the chemicals is the cumulative affect such exposure can have on a workers' health. Some substances that may not appear to pose a big risk for a person only exposed to them once can have serious or even fatal consequences when an employee is exposed to them on a daily basis. It's crucial in such instances to monitor your health in the longer term to see if any adverse consequences arise later on.
Those that make mustard aren't the only ones at risk for such workplace accidents. In fact, factory accidents can happen for a number of different reasons, many of which are outside of the control of the injured workers. Many times, industrial accidents occur because of an unsafe design or defect in a manufactured component.
Factory workers injured while working in Missouri are often entitled to seek damages beyond Missouri workers' compensation payments. In addition, workers who are injured because of improper instructions for use, or insufficient warning labels about hazards may seek compensation from all third parties found responsible for the accident. A lawsuit for damages can be filed against the industrial product manufacturer, a subcontractor responsible for installation, repair and maintenance and negligent co-workers and subcontractors whose misconduct resulted in the accident and injury or wrongful death.
As Saint Louis workers' compensation attorneys we routinely see the devastating aftermath of accidents at the workplace and worry about protections for employees being diminished. If you've been the victim of such an accident and need help navigating confusing legal waters, contact our skilled Missouri accident lawyers today. (314) 863-0500.
Source: "Spill at Missouri factory sends 3 people to hospital," published at KAIT8.com.
See Our Related Blog Posts: