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Workplace accidents: 5 Injured in industrial explosion in Poway

California workers leave their families to go to work every day not knowing whether they will return. Although this may sound like an exaggeration, it is real, as workers are exposed to multiple life-threatening hazards on a daily basis. Workplace accidents are hardly ever anticipated, but by full compliance with safety regulations, employers can avoid situations in which workers are injured or lose their lives.

An explosion rocked the city of Poway on a recent Wednesday. The blast occurred at the premises of an industrial manufacturer of electronics. Five workers were injured and transported to hospitals in the area. Their injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. The building was apparently evacuated to prevent further injuries, and firefighters proceeded to find the cause of the explosion.

Because there was no indication of the origin or cause of the explosion, multiple departments took part in investigations. The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson squad was called to the scene, along with the Fire Department, FBI, ATF and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The San Diego County's HAZMAT team was also present and determined that the explosion did not cause the release of any hazardous materials.

The five workers who were injured in this explosion were fortunate not to suffer life-changing injuries or even lose their lives. Nevertheless, they will likely have to cope with medical bills and lost income due to their potential inability to return to work while recuperating. To assist workers who were injured in workplace accidents, the California workers' compensation insurance fund provides benefits that typically cover medical expenses and lost income. To pursue financial relief, injured workers can file workers' compensation benefit claims.

Source: Rancho Bernardo-4s Ranch Ca. Patch, "UPDATED: Industrial Explosion Injures 5 at North County Business", Mirna Alfonso, June 10, 2015

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