While there are dangers in all types of workplaces, people working at construction sites often face more significant risks. In addition to construction accidents caused by heavy machinery and falls, there are risks created by working with electricity. Unfortunately, reports indicate that one man in California has recently become a victim of this risk.
Officials claim that the 45-year-old man was working at a Charles Schwab building one afternoon in late April. According to reports, his co-workers discovered him unconscious. He died at the scene.
Officials believe that the man died as a result of electrocution. Typically, in workplace accidents resulting in fatalities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts investigations into the incidents. While the man’s employer could face fines and citations if it is found that workplace health and safety standards were violated and led to the accident, the findings of the investigation could also potentially prevent similar accidents in the future.
Unfortunately, construction accidents have impacted many families across the country, and the consequences of these accidents for the workers and their families can vary. If the accidents result in a fatalities, family members may be left wondering how they will cope with funeral costs and loss of wages. For those resulting in serious injuries, workers could face lifetimes of costly medical treatments. As a result, California requires employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits, which are available to workers who are injured at work and typically extend to certain surviving family members in the event of fatalities. A professional with experience with the process of pursuing compensation can help these victims better understand the benefits to which they are entitled.
Source: mercurynews.com, “Pleasanton man killed doing electrical work at San Francisco construction site“, Katrina Cameron, May 2, 2016