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Workplace accident draws public criticism of Maryland gas plant

Published on Apr 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm in General Blogs.

A representative from the Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community spoke up at a public meeting of the Calvert County Commissioners in Prince Frederick. Her complaint focused on the worker injury at the liquefied natural gas plant in Lusby that is being converted into an import facility. She used it as an example of lax safety at the facility and questioned the safety of the community once the plant began new operations.

The community activist added that a truck from IHI/Kiewit, the contractor working on the plant, had rear-ended a vehicle on Cove Point Road only days earlier. She accused the contractor of rushing the job and possibly performing faulty work.

A spokesman from IHI/Kiewit acknowledged that a worker had been injured when a rebar cage was being moved. Emergency medical crews needed to respond. The worker went to Prince George’s Hospital Center because of serious injuries. One of the county commissioners responded to the accusations by saying that accidents happen on most construction sites.

All employers, including construction companies, are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover expenses for employees hurt on the job. When a workplace accident occurs, the injury needs to be reported to the employer in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Sometimes, a worker turns to an attorney for help when seeking these benefits. The application process can be exacting in its documentation requirements and deadlines, and an attorney might be able to help complete the paperwork. In the event that a claim is denied, an attorney might also be able to appeal the claim and negotiate a settlement with the insurance company.

Source: TheBayNet.com, “Nutter on plant construction accident–‘It’s not unusual’,” Marty Madden, April 1, 2015

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