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Explosion kills 1, causes on the job injury to 8 at factory

An explosion at the General Motors factory in Indiana that could have employed people from Ohio or family members of those in Ohio is now being investigated. It resulted in the death of one person and the injury of at least eight others. This news might be a surprise to you since these facilities tend to have strict safety procedures.

When you work in a factory like this one, your safety is paramount. Injuries caused by unsafe procedures should be covered by workers' compensation, and you should be able to seek money while you're unable to work. In this case, the blast has left one person's family without their loved one, four people with non-life threatening injuries, and four with only hospitalization needed to check them for on the job injuries.

What happened to cause this horrible situation at the GM metal-stamping facility in Marion? The investigators haven't released any particular findings at this time, so no one is really sure yet. They do know that the chemical explosion was reportedly small, but it resulted in the death of a worker from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The worker was employed by Quaker Chemical Corp., a company that makes specialty chemicals.

As the investigation continues, there will likely be more that will be learned about the cause of this explosion. Hopefully, any safety issues can be addressed and fixed, so situations like this one can be avoided in the future.

Losing a loved one like this is heartbreaking. When following strict procedures and standards at work, these problems shouldn't take place. Workers' compensation covers injured workers' damages, but if there is negligence on part of the employer, a civil suit could be filed.

Akron Beacon Journal, "One worker dies, eight injured after explosion at GM factory," Tim Higgins, July 1, 2014

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