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North Carolina NASCAR racing shop catches fire

Workplace accidents can happen when employers do not carefully follow safety regulations required by law and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When an accident occurs and workers are injured, they are entitled to seek workers' compensation to help cover medical costs and replace lost income.

A fire broke out in a North Carolina NASCAR racing shop this week. While no workers claimed to be injured by debris or suffer burns, many inhaled dangerous smoke. Outward physical injury is not the only type of injury that can result from workplace accidents, illnesses can develop long after an accident even when symptoms do not immediately present themselves.

The Joe Gibbs Racing machine shop is located in Huntersville, North Carolina. According to Chris Helein, the spokesman for JGR, the fire began when a piece of machinery caught fire on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012.

Firefighters were immediately called to the scene. The firefighters contained the fire and then were able to extinguish it completely. No employees were sent to the local hospital after the accident, but several of them were treated by medical personnel on site for smoke inhalation.

This is not the first time that the specific establishment has run into problems with dangerous fires. Almost exactly one year ago, another fire occurred in the exact building.

The company reported that they will continue to assess the damages caused by the fire and try to determine exactly why the combustion in the machine.

Source:, "Joe Gibbs Racing crewmen treated after fire breaks out in machine shop," Bob Pockrass, Jan. 31, 2012

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