Workers in high-risk industries like construction are aware that their jobs pose risks that can cause injuries, disfigurement and even death. To prevent workplace accidents, employers and management are advised to constantly inspect the workplace and address issues that may cause harm to employees. However, not all employers put that high of importance on workplace safety. If workplace hazards are not addressed, there is a strong chance that an accident may occur.
In Orange County, California, one worker died and another was critically injured after a construction accident at a local high school. The reports indicate that the two men were part of a construction crew working at the school's athletic field when one of them was electrocuted. A second worker attempted to render aid to the first worker when he also received an electric shock and was thrown 30 feet. The two men were immediately transported to a nearby hospital. The first worker who was electrocuted died at the hospital, while the other was listed in serious condition. Authorities stated that the victims were in their early 20's.
Almost all workers are entitled to workers' compensation in the event of work-related injuries or death. Injured workers can file a claim to be compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages and other related losses. In the event of a worker's death, the employee's spouse or a surviving family member may file a claim to receive compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost income and other related expenses.
Injured workers should be wary of an employer that discourages them from seeking workers compensation or stands in the way of receiving benefits. It is important to check state laws to know the extent of benefits and how to maximize them. Workers should review all legal options before proceeding with filing a claim.
Source: Claimsjournal.com, "Worker electrocuted at California High School," July 23, 2014