Fire at Arkansas Nuclear One: How to Handle Workplace Accidents

Fire-ANO-Workplace-AccidentsArkansas workplace accident attorneys note the occurrence of a fire at the Arkansas Nuclear One nuclear power plant near Russellville, Arkansas on Monday, December 9, 2013.  No injuries or threats to public safety accompanied the fire, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation according to Entergy Arkansas, the public utility that operates the plant.

The Arkansas Nuclear One fire occurred approximately nine months after a Bigge crane accident at the same facility in March 2013.  As previously reported, one worker was killed and eight others injured when:

[E]mployees were attempting to operate a Bigge crane to take a Main Turbine Generator Stator out of the building and onto a waiting transport. Unfortunately, the crane failed while workers were attempting to move the 500-ton turbine and released the load instead. Investigations conducted by both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded that it was the failing crane that caused the tragic accident.

Compensation Available for Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents are common in many industries.  Employees who suffer on-the-job injuries often receive payment for medical bills and wage loss through workers’ compensation coverage provided by their accidents.  However, following many accidents, medical bills and lost wages are not sufficient to fully compensate for the losses suffered by an injured employee.  In circumstances where a third party, and not the employer, may be responsible for causing the accident, either through a failure to maintain a safe working environment, product liability or otherwise, additional compensation may be obtained beyond what the employer pays for workers compensation, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Future lost wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium for the spouses of injured workers
  • Loss of life and other damages for the families of workers killed on-the-job

What to Do if You are Injured

If you have been injured in an on-the-job or workplace accident, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today.  We will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation, and if you have a valid case, we will connect you with an affiliated workplace accident attorney who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.  Certain laws often limit the time you have to pursue a claim for your workplace accident, so please contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today.