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Workers at West Fertilizer Co. were not injured by the huge blast at the plant that killed 15 people and devastated a wide swath of a small Texas town, but the explosion did bring to the fore an emerging Workers Compensation issue of deep concern to the insurance industry.

The only West Fertilizer employee involved was a first responder killed in the blast who was covered by a workers compensation fund that covers all employees of the state’s 2,700 municipalities, according to Carol A. Loughlin, executive director of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool, based in Austin.

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