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1 person killed, 8 injured at GM plant explosion

An employee of a Pennsylvania firm was killed in work-related accident at a General Motors plant in the Midwest. The explosion, which occurred on July 1 at 1:50 p.m. in a factory in Indiana, also injured eight other people. Four of the injured people received non-life-threatening injuries. Four others were taken to the hospital but required no treatment and were released.

The person who died was identified as an employee of Quaker Chemical Corp, which is based in Conshohocken, and he was identified by a GM spokesman as a member of a contract team. The Indiana plant is a metal-stamping center that provides sheet-metal assembly, blanks and stampings to GM assembly plants across North America.

The spokesman for GM said that when the accident occurred, the plant was evacuated and emergency responders arrived quickly. Third shift at the plant was cancelled. However, the first shift the following day was expected to go on as scheduled.

This accident comes after GM has been criticized for taking too long to recall 2.59 million of its Chevy Cobalts, which have been involved in the deaths of 13 people. The company says that an investigation into the Indiana explosion is underway.

When someone is injured on the job, they might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The process of applying for workers' compensation is complicated, and any mistake in the application process could give an employer a reason to deny the claim. It is possible for a person to apply for workers' compensation with no assistance, but having the assistance of an attorney could make the application process easier and eliminate the chances of mistakes.

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

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