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Electrical workplace injuries suffered during elevator repairs

Electrical workers in California face many deadly hazards on every shift they work. Some workplace injuries are caused by the failure of employers to comply with the safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Causes can include companies allowing unqualified employees to do electrical work, failure to provide appropriate training or failure to enforce compliance by employees.

Sometimes, when electrical accidents cause workers' injuries, answers only become available when the OSHA inspectors investigate the incidents to find the cause and determine whether the violation of safety regulations was to blame. One such accident recently occurred while two workers repaired the electrical system of a freight elevator. Under yet to be determined circumstances, the employees were injured, and the incident also set off the fire alarm.

Reportedly, paramedics stabilized the workers at the scene before transporting them to the hospital. Some of the guests evacuated the building when they heard the alarm. Firefighters rushed to the scene to learn that it was a workplace injury rather than a fire.

The severity of the workplace injuries suffered by these California workers is unknown, but they will likely face high medical bills along with lost wages. Fortunately, the workers' compensation insurance program offers benefits that cover these losses to enable injured victims to care for their families while they recover. Many victims choose to use the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. A lawyer can help with the legal and administrative proceedings that are part of the claims process, and if claims are denied, the attorney can assist with pursuing an appeal.

Source: ocregister.com, "2 injured while performing electrical work at Garden Grove hotel", Alma Fausto, Sept. 28, 2017

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