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Construction workers' accidents: Man saves sibling's life

The love of a construction worker for his younger brother was demonstrated on a job site in California on a recent Tuesday. The incident involved electricity, which is a hazard that causes many construction workers' accidents. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into this nearly fatal event.

An incident report indicates that the two brothers are co-workers, and they were part of a construction crew that was moving a scaffold when the structure made contact with an overhead power line. The electricity was conducted down the metal pole, and although one other worker managed to get away from it, the shock caused one to fall with his whole body onto the electrified pole. His brother says he hesitated for only a moment, but when he saw his sibling's entire body catching fire, he tried to free him from the pole.

His first attempt failed, but when he grabbed him again, he managed to pull his brother away. He said it took him another 30 seconds of doing CPR before his younger brother started breathing. The victim was hospitalized with severe external and internal burns, but an improvement was reported, and he no longer needs a feeding tube. Compliance inspectors of Cal/OSHA will determine why the safety regulations related to electricity were disregarded when the scaffold was relocated.

Injured victims of construction workers' accidents in California may be entitled to claim benefits from the workers' compensation insurance system. When injuries cause extended periods of absence from work, the financial consequences can cause additional anxiety. Fortunately, the insurance program typically provides a percentage of lost wages along with compensation to cover medical expenses, and the complicated claims process can be navigated by an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Source: fox40.com, "Man Saves Younger Brother's Life after Construction Site Electric Shock", Sara Zendehnam, Feb. 22, 2018

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