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Man suffers work injury during fire

Emergency crews responded to a work site where a fire broke out, according to local news sources. A man suffered a work injury while performing repairs on a residential rooftop, prompting local fire services to investigate the site. As Iowa workers are probably already aware, this would likely also facilitate an investigation by the local branch of OSHA to ensure that such an accident would not be repeated. 

Details of the accident are fairly rudimentary at this point in the investigation, but it has been confirmed that the man was working to replace a roof in a residential neighborhood at the time the fire broke out. It is unclear how widespread the fire was or how it began, but apparently, the man reached for his tools with tar on his arm and suffered a non life-threatening burn as a result. He was taken to a local hospital and treated.

Local fire department officials said the fire remained contained to the one roof and that no major damage was caused before it was put out. No one was in the home at the time of the fire, so there were no further injuries. However, OSHA will likely work with the fire department to find a cause for the outbreak of the fire. This will help secure the work site against future issues of this type.

In the meantime, as Iowa workers already know, there is a possibility that the man who suffered the work injury will be entitled to certain compensation during his recovery. Depending on the extent of his injury, he could be eligible for wage reimbursement and possible medical coverage. This will help him get back on his feet and back to work in a shorter period of time.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Oakland: Crews respond to roof fire on High Street; worker injured", Natalie Neysa Alund, Dec. 23, 2014

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