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Chemical explosion at GM factory kills 1, injures 8

North Carolina workers may be interested in a recent explosion at a General Motors Company metal-stamping plant in Indiana. The July 1 incident occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m. and left one worker dead and eight others injured, according to authorities.

A GM representative described the explosion as 'small" and 'chemical." Following the explosion, emergency officials immediately evacuated all of the employees, reportedly. Officials said that a 'contract team member" of GM died as a result of the incident.

Reportedly, an ambulance took the eight injured workers to a hospital, where four of them remained for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries and the remaining four were released shortly after evaluation. According to GM, the company initiated a probe into the event, and most of the workers have returned to their posts since the July 1 explosion.

More than 1,600 people work at that particular GM plant, which is located in Fort Wayne. The plant is responsible for manufacturing various materials for GM trucks, vans and cars, reportedly.

Regardless of the circumstances involved in a workplace accident like this one, injured employees have the right to file for workers' compensation benefits in the state of North Carolina. These benefits may cover a reasonable portion of medical costs and lost income related to the worker's injuries. If a workplace accident were to cause the death of an employee, the surviving family members of the decedent may also be entitled to benefits through workers' compensation insurance.

However, filing a workers' compensation claim may be a complicated and adversarial process. For this reason, many workers who suffered an injury on the job retain the counsel and representation of a workers' compensation attorney to help settle their claims.

Source: Bloomberg, "One Worker Dies, Eight Injured After Blast at GM Plant", Tim Higgins, July 01, 2014

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