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Workplace accidents involving explosives can be devastating

Summer is not the only time when people across the country celebrate with fireworks. New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, weddings and baseball games may incorporate fireworks displays to the surprise and delight of many. However, the personal possession and use of fireworks is carefully limited by California law and with good reason. Fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly, to untrained users, and even the most careful handlers of the explosives may end up seriously injured or worse. Those who handle fireworks for a living are constantly at risk for workplace accidents.

At an out-of-state plant that manufactures fireworks, the employees understand the risks involved in producing, packaging and presenting fireworks displays for special events. Nevertheless, one worker was critically injured when fireworks exploded in her hands. As another employee made a frantic call to 911, a second explosion occurred. Fire officials arrived to a blaze in the building and found the injured woman, who has been a part-time employee for four years.

The owner of the company believes an electric match, which is attached to each firework so the user can safely light the device, may have malfunctioned. That appears to be what caused the explosion. The man told reporters that the injured woman was well-liked in the company and that her father is also an employee. He recalls no other accidents or injuries since his business opened in 2001. Authorities say the woman may not survive her injuries.

When handling a product that is inherently dangerous, workplace accidents are always a possibility. Injuries resulting from an explosion are certainly life-changing, and those who suffer those injuries may find it difficult, if not impossible, to return to work. Workers' compensation covers medical costs and other expenses related to such accidents, and a California attorney with experience in seeking such damages can assist in maximizing the benefits one deserves.

Source: mcall.com, "Explosion at Slatington fireworks facility leaves woman with 'life-threatening injuries'", Matt Coughlin, Pamela Lehman, Stephanie Sigafoos, June 30, 2017

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