According to WRAL.com, the US Chemical Safety Board will vote today to increase standards for natural gas line purging after an explosion last year at the Slim Jim plant in Raleigh resulted in numerous Raleigh workers’ comp injuries and deaths. The explosion on June 9, 2009, killed four NC workers and injured dozens more. An ammonia leak resulted in even more injuries. An investigation revealed that the explosion was caused by improper venting of a natural gas line inside the boiler room during the installation of a water heater. ConAgra paid a $106,000 fine for it actions leading up to the explosion and resulting Raleigh workers’ comp injuries. The Chemical Safety Board changes include a requirement that gas be vented outside and that a gas detector be present to continuously monitor gas concentrations. These changes should improve safety for NC workers, reduce workplace injuries, and perhaps even lead to lower workers’ compensation costs.
North Carolina workers who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp will pay for your medical treatment with no deductible or co-pay, and wage replacement or disability benefits if you suffer wage loss. There are important time limitations for filing your workers’ comp case in NC. An experienced Raleigh area workers’ comp attorney can help you file your claim and get the benefits you are entitled to. Injured NC workers should contact a Board Certified Workers’ Comp Attorney before settling their workers’ comp case in NC.
If you have questions about a Raleigh workers’ comp injury please call or email for your free consultation with Raleigh, NC Area Workers’ Comp Attorney Kevin Bunn. Kevin is a Board Certified Expert in North Carolina Workers’ Comp Law. Kevin represents injured NC workers’ in the Raleigh, NC, area and around the state.