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South Los Angeles: One Killed, Three Injured in Workplace Explosion

Posted on Jun 14, 2012

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13th, one person was killed and three were injured in a workplace explosion in South Los Angeles. The blast occurred at a business in the 2500 block of South Grand Avenue that houses nitrous oxide cylinders used for power mini-bikes and go-carts. Two men and two women were injured, two of them critically, one of whom later succumbed to the trauma suffered. Cal-OSHA and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department are investigating the explosion. 


“Unfortunately, the incidence of fatal work injuries in the United States increased in 2010,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “It was, however, much lower than in years prior.”


In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 4,690 people lost their lives while on the job, 139 more than in 2009. That year, twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia had more fatal work injuries than the one prior, while twenty states, including California, recorded fewer. Fires and explosions accounted for 4 percent of the deaths. 


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed last evening. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this workplace explosion.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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