Hazmat Situation Sends 30 Salem Workers to the Hospital

images-2-3A Hazmat situation in Salem, Massachusetts has sent 30 workers to the hospital on Sunday night.  Hazmat officials were called to the scene of the Thermal Cigarettes plant located on Technology Way in reference to a possible chemical leak.  The plant manufactures e-cigarettes and is open 24 hours a day.

Workers at the plant reported feeling sick and nauseous, having issues breathing and feeling as though they were losing consciousness.  They quickly exited the building before authorities could arrive.  All total, about 30 workers were sent to the hospital following reporting of symptoms.  Some workers transported themselves while others went by ambulance.

Fire officials say this is not the first time they have responded to the plant.  Previously, a chlorine leak had resulted in another visit earlier this year.   The plant was tested for hazardous materials and the scene was secured and determined to be safe for re-entry.  There is no word on the condition of those who went to the hospital for treatment.

Massachusetts Workers Compensation

In Massachusetts, if an employee is injured during the course and scope of their employment they can be eligible for certain benefits under our workers compensation laws.  Workers compensation benefits include a portion of weekly wages, disability payments, as well as costs of medical treatment for the injuries sustained.

Not all workers compensation claims are disputed by the employer.  Sometimes, however, a question arises regarding the specific injury.  Typically, the issue is whether the employee was acting in the scope of their employment when the injury was sustained.  Other times, the employer may question whether the injury was caused by activities at their workplace.  Also, the employer may question the employee’s diagnosis or entitlement to specific benefits.

Workers compensation law is not a simple area.  There is a very specific process to follow to ensure that a case makes its way through the system in a proper manner.  Failure to file the proper documents or to give the correct notices immediately after an injury can result in your entire case being denied.

This is not something you should ever attempt to do on your own.  To speak with an experienced Boston workers compensation attorney, call us at the The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today.   Our number 617-367-2900.  We are standing by waiting for your call.

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