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Worker killed when air tank explodes

A man in Illinois was killed on Feb. 2 during an explosion at the factory where he was working. The 35-year-old Elgin man was reportedly testing a 200-gallon air tank to determine whether it had any leaks when the tank exploded shortly after 11 p.m. Another worker sustained injuries during the blast but refused medical treatment. It is unclear if any of the parties involved have filed for workers' compensation benefits.

Following the fatal workplace accident, Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were called to the scene so that an investigation could be launched into the worker's death. The deceased man's autopsy was scheduled to take place the next afternoon. According to reports about the incident, there was no fire or smoke during the blast. However, the facility did sustain some structural damage.

Maac Machinery, the factory where the fatal accident occurred, is located west of Chicago in Carol Stream. The factory produces custom-made machinery. It reportedly re-opened for business the day after the worker was killed.

After a fatal workplace accident such as this one, OSHA normally conducts an investigation to determine whether there were any safety violations that may have contributed to the worker's death. In some cases, employers are penalized for failure to properly maintain equipment, train workers to use the equipment or take appropriate safety precautions. However, regardless of what is found during the OSHA investigation, the family of the deceased worker may file for workers' compensation death benefits. Families may seek reimbursement for the sudden loss of their loved one's income.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Worker Killed in Carol Stream Factory Explosion," Feb. 3, 2015

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