Drivers hauling hazardous materials put their lives on the line with every trip they undertake. This was recently underscored when a big rig filled with liquefied oxygen exploded in California. Miraculously, no lives were lost in this incident, and only one person was injured. The injured person was the driver of the tanker truck, and his injuries caused a temporary disability.
A spokesperson for the Santa Rosa Fire Department said the explosion occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. Firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes and determined that it was a hazmat situation. Reportedly, a big rig hauled a tanker filled with hazardous gas to a medical facility where it had to be transferred into an on-site tank. For reasons yet to be determined, the tank exploded.
The medical complex was evacuated, and surrounding roads were closed until the area was secured. Authorities reported that the explosion wrecked the tanker and caused significant damage to the property and several cars that were parked nearby. The driver of the tanker truck was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. However, he was later reported to be in stable condition.
Lying in the hospital, not knowing how long recovery will take is enough to cause anxiety for any worker who suffers temporary disability. Fortunately, the California workers' compensation insurance program is there to provide financial relief. With the help of an attorney who is experienced in dealing with workers' compensation matters, a benefits claim can be filed for coverage of medical expenses and lost wages.