Workers in California who are in the employ of companies that disregard worker safety are at a severe disadvantage. Employers must do hazard assessments on every work site and address potential risks that may cause workplace accidents. Unfortunately, some company owners fail to comply with the prescribed safety regulations, and injured workers and their families have to bear the consequences.
A worker in another state recently lost his life, and two of his colleagues suffered critical injuries while they were working on a building in another state. According to a police report, one worker was on the roof while two co-workers were on an aluminum ladder. It is suspected that they were taking equipment up to the worker on the roof. The ladder apparently fell and came into contact with power lines that carried a 7,200 voltage.
A 39-year-old worker was electrocuted. Another worker suffered a cardiac arrest, and he was revived by emergency workers before he was taken to the hospital. A third worker was also in contact with the ladder at ground level when it hit the power lines was also rushed to the medical center. Both men were reported to be in critical condition at the time of the media report. The man who was already on the roof was not injured.
Most California workers are covered by workers' compensation, and benefits are available when workplace accidents occur. Death benefits can be sought by families who have lost loved ones, and they typically cover end-of-life expenses and a percentage of lost wages. Injured workers may file claims for benefits to cover medical expenses and lost income.
Source: deseretnews.com, "One man electrocuted, 2 others injured in Draper workplace accident", Pat Reavy, Aug. 28, 2015