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Workplace injuries reported in pipeline explosion

Many people in California and across the country depend on gasoline in their everyday lives. Even those who do not personally own a motor vehicle or other piece of equipment that requires gasoline often utilize public transportation or depend on a family member who does. While it is easy to take gasoline for granted, it is even easier to forget about the men and women tasked with maintaining the pipelines that help supply this energy source to various parts of the country. Unfortunately, these workers are in the minds of many now after a recent explosion resulted in workplace injuries to several employees.

The accident happened on a day in late October. A representative for Colonial Pipeline reports that a crew was working on repairs necessary because of a previous rupture that occurred in Sept. 2016. Unfortunately, a worker apparently struck the line accidentally while excavating a pipe that was over two feet below ground.

While it is unclear what ignited the gas, reports indicate that the resulting explosion killed one person and injured four others. It is also unclear if the age or maintenance of the pipes played a role in the explosion. The incident, however, remains under investigation.

Unfortunately, a family is grieving the unexpected loss of their loved one, and four people are left recovering from the workplace injuries they suffered in the accident. Many victims of accidents at work -- including surviving family members in the case of a fatality -- struggle with the financial consequences, including medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. Because workplace accidents can happen even when all health and safety standards are closely followed, employers in California are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. These benefits help victims cope with the financial ramifications of an accident. Some people choose to seek help ensuring they receive all of the compensation they deserve.

Source: al.com, "New details emerge about cause of Alabama gas pipeline explosion", Connor Sheets, Nov. 1, 2016

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