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Fire at industrial paint plant kills worker

One of the worst possible accidents to take place at a Texas worksite is a fire. In situations where people work with chemicals or other flammable materials, such as oil and gas, flames sometimes spark in an instant, exposing workers to flames and smoke.

In some cases, an employee gets caught in the fire before he or she has the chance to escape and suffers severe burns. Sadly, that is what happened to the employee of a paint plant in another state in late March.

The man worked at a Sherwin-Williams plant. On the afternoon of March 27, a fire ignited in the workroom where he was doing his job. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

It took firefighters 10 minutes to extinguish the fire. Fortunately, no other workers were injured.

Just how the fire ignited is not reported by the Greensboro News & Record. The state office of the Occupational Safety and Health Division said it would be several months before its investigation would be complete.

Injuries from a fire can range from smoke inhalation to relatively minor burns, to permanent disfigurement, disability or death. Even when a worker survives a fire at work, he or she may not be physically able to return to the job, at least for a while.

Missing work for several months would put a serious strain on most peoples’ household income. That is why the workers’ compensation system created, because it would be unjust that someone who suffered a work injury suffers financial hardship.

Source: Greensboro News & Record, “Update: Police identify victim in fatal fire at paint plant,” Joe Gamm, April 3, 2014

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