2 dead in furnace blast workplace accident

We talked about a deadly workplace explosion last week in Omaha. Now, two workers have died in another blast at a steel plant in Madill, Oklahoma. The workers, ages 38 and 23, died during the afternoon on Jan. 20. They both suffered fatal work injuries in the blast. The company that employed the men converts scrap medal into fencing wire for agricultural operations.

Mid American Steel and Wire representatives said that the reaction occurred at an Electric Arc Furnace in the facility. Fire investigators have removed the lid from the furnace to find out more about the cause of the blast. Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also investigating potential violations. An OSHA violation at the site could lead to citations and other penalties. A report has not yet been issued. The company said it is conducting internal investigations and complying with all OSHA and law enforcement directives. The investigation is still ongoing.

The younger man's father also works at the company. The victim graduated from a local high school and was buried in nearby Durant. The other victim was a native of Guanajuato, Mexico. He is survived by his wife and children. Both deaths have officially been declared accidental by the area medical examiner.

Relatives of both men may be entitled to workers' compensation. Individuals who are injured at work receive workers' compensation. Family members of deceased victims can also file workers' compensation claims. The sacrifice of these work accident victims should not be ignored. Some companies refuse to pay workers' compensation benefits for unfair reasons. A qualified Oklahoma personal injury attorney may be able to help in those cases.

Source: KTEN, "Madill steel plant responds following deadly furnace explosion" Meredith Yeomans, Jan. 23, 2014

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