Five Tennessee utility workers were hurt on a recent Tuesday when a gas line exploded. The injured workers were employees of Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW). As of Nov. 25, three of them were still reported to be in critical condition at the hospital, while two had already been released.
According to news reports, the MLGW workers were repairing a leak in a gas line when the explosion occurred. First, there was a spark, then there was an explosion and witnesses heard the workers' screams. One man said that the workers were crying for their mothers. He said that this is a sign that they were truly in pain.
The five workers were found writhing in pain on the ground after the gas line explosion occurred. The accident, which happened in an instant, left the men with severe burn injuries from which they may never completely recover. The three injured workers who were still in the hospital suffered severe burn injuries and received treatment at a nearby medical center.
It is extremely tragic whenever serious injuries result from a workplace accident such as this one. However, it is lucky that all five of the injured workers in this case survived. On another positive note, the Tennessee men will also likely qualify for workers' compensation benefits, which, if they qualify, could help them make ends meet while they are unable to work and recovering from their injuries. Workers' compensation benefits could also help them pay for the medical care they need.
Source: wreg.com, "Five MLGW workers hurt in gas line explosion", George Brown and Katie Rufener, Nov. 25, 2014