Two explosion accidents occurred recently at a chemical factory in Louisville, killing two workers and injuring two others, according to MSNBC.
The first explosion occurred in the furnace department at night, and another explosion occurred a few hours later. Two men were killed and two were injured in the first explosion, while no other workers were hurt in the second explosion. The plant makes calcium carbide products, which are used in metal fabrication and construction. The first explosion involved calcium carbide, a flammable compound.
After the explosion accident, elevated particle levels were found in the air, but those levels returned to normal by the following morning. Only individuals with already existing breathing problems were expected to be affected. However, the Louisville police requested that the National Weather Service send an alert to residents, asking them to stay inside for a few hours in order to be protected.
The business owners in this tragic accident have a legal duty to maintain a safe workplace for their employees. A Louisville wrongful death attorney knows that if an employer fails to maintain a safe working environment and an employee is killed as a result, the employee’s family members may have a cause of action for wrongful death. Wrongful death can cover a variety of different types of legal actions, including those involving a deadly accident in a workplace.