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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was considering if it will conduct an investigation into a deadly chemical leak at a South Carolina plant. Reports indicate that two men were doing maintenance work on a storage tank. One of the workers was fatallyinjured on the job when a chemical leaked into the tank. Initial reports indicated that the exact chemical was unknown.

The two workers were contracted by an outside company to perform the maintenance work on the decommissioned storage tank. The worker who died was a 39-year-old man. The other man survived the ordeal but was treated for undisclosed injuries.

OSHA looked into a previous chemical spill at the plant, but did not find any violations of safety policies at that time. As OSHA works to determine whether to investigate, the family of the worker who died may be investigating available options under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws. The injured survivor may also seek to determine whether he is able to seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover his medical and recovery expenses.

Workers’ compensation laws typically allow the family of a worker fatally injured on the job to file for workers’ compensation death benefits. These benefits, if successfully obtained, can help the family stay financially stable after losing a loved one, and potentially a primary source of income. The family of the deceased worker may find it beneficial to gain the expertise of a representative who is familiar with navigating South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws, and being proactive in seeking financial relief to pay for funeral expenses and provide other benefits as authorized by our laws.

Source:, “S.C. paper mill accident kills one,” Jan. 22, 2013


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