Maintenance work is often needed in all industries. Equipment and machines can need repairs, and even workplaces and sites themselves can need attention when something is not working correctly. Though many maintenance workers seem to perform their duties in the background, they are important to any workplace and can suffer injuries on the job just like any other worker.
It was recently reported that a work-related accident in California affected two workers. Apparently, the two men were performing maintenance on a commercial air compressor when some type of explosion took place. At the time of the report, the incident was still under investigation, and there were no details available as to what might have exploded or what may have caused the explosion.
Emergency crews came to the scene and found one worker with what appeared to be minor injuries. That individual was transported from the scene by ambulance for treatment at an area hospital. The other worker suffered fatal injuries in the incident and was declared deceased on site. No other workers suffered injuries in the explosion, and more information may be available regarding its cause after the investigation is completed.
The effects that suffering injuries on the job can have on a person depend significantly on the type of accident, the severity of the injuries and even personal factors of the injured worker. As this California incident shows, not all workers survive such incidents, and families can be left devastated. In addition to emotional turmoil, financial hardships could also result for the deceased worker’s family and the surviving injured worker. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits may be able to offer financial benefits during such a difficult time.