Accidents in the work place can be as varied as the employees who work for a company. Retail workers in Illinois are subjected to the possibility of falling merchandise and slick floors, and construction workers can experience a range of injuries due to faulty equipment or lapses in safety guidelines. For instance, workers at the department store Macy’s recently suffered a serious accident at work that may not seem typical of a retail establishment.
Macy’s employees were gathering for a breakfast before the store opened when the accident occurred. Although officials first cited the incident as a cooking accident, what actually occurred was a small explosion from an aerosol can. Apparently, the aerosol can was placed too close to some kind of heating element that was being used to prepare breakfast.
A total of four workers were hurt after the small explosion, and all of them were transported to the hospital for injuries that they suffered. Three of those employees were all taken to the same hospital and were released later on. The fourth employee required the care of a different hospital after suffering burns to her face.
Burn injuries in particular can be particularly painful and devastating. Aside from injuring and possibly disfiguring the employee’s face, burns are often accompanied by nerve damage and other complications. An Illinois employee who has suffered a similar accident at work can pursue workers’ compensation benefits through this state-regulated insurance program. These benefits are often necessary to a successful recovery for the victim, and can help those individuals meet daily needs and medical bills while still healing.
Source: NBC Chicago, “4 Injured in Aerosol Blast at Macy’s in Chicago’s Loop“, Anthony Ponce, Nov. 21, 2014
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