Electricity is a wonderful scientific discovery. It has become the basis of practically everything people use in society nowadays, in California and elsewhere. However, electricity can also be dangerous if one is not careful. In fact, electricity has been a common cause of injury for many in construction workers’ accidents.
This is what recently occurred in a construction accident that happened one morning in mid-January. A construction worker was working as a roofer at the time of the incident. Somehow, the man ended up making contact with the utility wires as he was scaling a ladder. The man suffered an electric shock that caused him to fall about 20 feet to the ground.
The police reported that the incident had occurred at approximately 10:20 a.m. Along with law enforcement officials, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating the incident. OSHA will determine whether any safety violations had occurred that may have contributed to causing the fatal accident. The injured worker was immediately transferred to a local burn center via airlift following the incident.
There is likely little doubt that the medical bills for serious construction workers’ accidents such as this one will be significant. This can create a heavy financial burden on the injured worker as well as his or her family. Therefore, the injured worker may want to consider filing for benefits via workers’ compensation insurance in California. The monetary assistance can go a long way in providing relief for a family during a time of emotional and financial hardship.
Source: courant.com, “Roofer In Critical Condition After Construction Accident In Newington Kelly Glista, Jan. 16, 2015