Two workers at the Owens Corning plant in the Fairfax District in Kansas City, Kansas were critically injured on Wednesday, May 13, 2010 when they were sprayed with hot asphalt which escaped from a tank. The two workers were at an asphalt unloading area outside the plant, and were performing maintenance work on the tank at the time.
The two men were taken to the burn unit at University of Kansas Hospital where they remain in critical condition. The identities of the men had not been released due to privacy concerns. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
A spokesman for Owens Corning says that the cause of the accident is still under investigation. However, he noted that the company is very concerned about the employees and they are continuing to monitor the situation. Meanwhile, local leaders will continue to keep in touch with the families and support them.
It is likely that these employees will be entitled to benefits under the Kansas workers compensation law. If you have been injured on the job in either Kansas or Missouri, an experienced Kansas City workers compensation attorney can help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.