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"Routine" is Sometimes Anything But Routine

No matter what the profession, we go through most of the work day doing routine things...tasks we've done time and time before...little jobs that we know like the back of our hand.

It's sometimes when the routine becomes too routine that's when accidents at the workplace can occur.


Head trauma caused the death of Michael Smuin, the plant worker who died Wednesday at the Williams Opal natural gas processing plant in Lincoln County.

The 36-year-old from Kemmerer suffered a cranial fracture and died instantly, said Lincoln County Coroner Michael Richins.

Smuin was thrown off his feet and into surrounding structures, resulting in the head injury, the coroner said.

"He never knew what happened," he said.

Smuin also suffered burns, but those did not contribute to his death, Richins concluded.

Circumstances leading to the incident are under investigation.

Preliminary reports from state regulators said Smuin was found near a burst pipe. A witness to the incident reported seeing a cloud of natural gas.

Smuin was doing routine maintenance when he died. He had worked for the company for eight years, according to a company statement.

An 8-year employee...doing routine maintenance...there was probably not the slightest hint that something could go wrong. It displays just how dangerous a job, of any sort, can be, and that accidents can occur at any time.

When accidents do occur, it's important to know that you don't have to climb the legal hill alone. This employee has left behind a family, a family that will struggle with his death emotionally, mentally, and financially as well.

We fight for the rights of those families, to try and ensure the surviving family is compensated properly and completely. 

If you've been injured at work, come talk to us. Eric, Randy, and Sarah are ready to put their years of success of dealing with difficult employers to work for you.

Call us at 515-225-4485, we look forward to fighting for you!

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