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GM chemical explosion kills 1, injures 8

Georgia residents who drive GM manufactured vehicles may have been aware that GM had to recall 2.59 million Chevy Cobalts and other small cars after they were found responsible for causing at least 13 deaths. GM has been under scrutiny for taking more than 10 years to complete the task of getting the cars out of circulation. Amid the controversy over the Cobalts, GM has made the news yet again after an employee at their Marion Metal Center in Indiana was killed in a work accident.

The fatal accident took place on July 1 at the metal-stamping facility near Fort Wayne. Emergency officials were contacted at around 1:50 p.m. that day to report the chemical explosion, which a representative for GM referred to as "small." The GM representative said that the employee who died was a "contract team member." In addition to the fatality, the explosion injured eight employees, all of whom were taken to the hospital. Four of the eight employees ultimately did not require treatment, but the other four were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Marion Metal Center website, the center employs more than 1,600 people to assemble sheet metal and provide blanks and stamping for cars, vans, trucks and SUVs made by GM. Employees who were in the building at the time of the explosion were evacuated. A statement issued by Quaker Chemical Corp. in Pennsylvania revealed that the employee who was killed had been working for them. Quaker and GM intend to work together to investigate the accident.

Family members of employees who are killed in workplace accidents may want to speak with a workers' compensation attorney to determine the extent of the benefits for which they are eligible. When workers are injured on the job, they may also be able to receive compensation from their employers while they are in recovery.

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

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