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North Carolina worker hurt in ConMet plant explosion

A North Carolina worker was injured when a piece of equipment exploded at a manufacturing plant in Haywood County Dec. 4. The accident happened just before 9 a.m. at the ConMet plant near Canton.

A representative of ConMet said a male employee was working on a high-pressure injection molding machine when a malfunction occurred, causing the release of pressure and smoke. The worker reportedly suffered a partially amputated leg in the accident. He was conscious and alert as emergency workers took him to Mission Hospital.

The plant's other 500 employees were evacuated from the building for their safety. Authorities allowed them to continue working about an hour later.

A team of North Carolina OSHA officials arrived at the plant soon after the incident to begin an investigation, which could take up to three months to complete. ConMet, which makes plastic interior products for trucks and tractor-trailers, said it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

A serious workplace injury such as a leg amputation can take months or years to fully recover from while requiring very expensive medical care and rehabilitation. Workers' compensation insurance is designed to pay for medical expenses and a portion of an employee's lost wages in the event of a work-based accident. Anyone who is hurt on the job may find it beneficial to work with an attorney as he or she prepares a workers' compensation claim. The claims process could be complicated, and the guidance of a legal professional could help streamline the process and boost the chances for a timely approval of benefits.

Source: The Mountaineer, "Man injured in accident at ConMet," Kevin Fuller, Dec. 4, 2014

Source: WCNC.com, "1 injured in explosion at NC plant", Sabian Warren, December 04, 2014

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