A number of industries require the use of caustic and reactive chemicals in order to manufacture their end products. While careful handling, worker education and other safety measures generally prevent workers from becoming injured, unfortunately accidents still do occur. Late last month, a small explosion at a factory in Pennsylvania harmed two employees as they were combining certain chemicals.
When people in Philadelphia think of workplace accidents, they may naturally call to mind catastrophic events that cause significant injuries and deaths. Factory explosions, construction site collapses and chemical spills all fall into that category. But there are other workplace dangers that can go unnoticed for a time and only become apparent when their cumulative effects reveal themselves through troubling physical symptoms.
Pennsylvania companies know that they have to invest in research and development in order to grow and remain competitive in their respective industries. New technologies can be dangerous, however, and accidents sometimes happen while companies tinker with and perfect their products. Last week, an explosion rocked a General Motors research building that was performing tests on a new generation of electric car batteries.