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We Energies Dust Explosion Liability

By Eric M. Knobloch • Feb 4th, 2009 • Category: Civil Litigation, Newest Post, Personal Injury Law

At first blush, the 6 workers injured at the We Energies Oak Creek facility would be limited to Workers Compensation to collect for their injuries.  However, often times workplace injuries are the result of negligence by so-called third parties, meaning not the injured or the employer, but by a 3rd party responsible for the injuries.

The We Energies explosion apparently involves Waukesha based ThyssenKrupp Safway, a subcontractor providing scaffolding services.  It also apparently involves United States Fire Protection, a New Berlin firm that provides fire protection services.  Injured workers may have possible claims against both companies depending on their employer and who ends up being the at-fault party.

Coal dust explosion are very difficult cases to figure out, let alone prove.  Coal dust explosions are often the result of negligent 3rd parties that are unfamiliar with the inherent dangers of coal dust.  Everybody surrounding the We Energies site must use reasonable care in handling coal dust, and must also use reasonable care to warn of the risk associated with working around coal dust.  What is “reasonable care” depends on many factors, including opinions held by workplace experts.

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Eric M. Knobloch is a Personal Injury Attorney with the Warshafsky Law Firm. Eric specializes in auto accidents, civil rights violations and premises liability. Eric can be reached by: Phone: 414-276-4970 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.warshafsky.com Fax: 414-276-5533 Address: 839 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 300 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
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  1. Injury at work place must be full fill by the company. 6 workers get injured at the same place! Whom negligence was that in real? Must be sued.

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