Unfortunately, even under the most stringent requirements, workers are still sometimes injured on the job. This is especially true for the more technical field workers, who often work with electricity or other hazardous materials as they do repair work with electronics. Many times, these workers are injured on the job when the equipment they are working on reacts in unpredictable ways. Unfortunately, one worker recently died in such an accident in South Carolina.
The accident started when an out-of-state worker was visiting South Carolina while working for a power company that dealt with utilities. While he was working on an electrical box, he was apparently killed. When emergency crews came for him, he was unresponsive.
As of now, South Carolina officials are investigating the incident and trying to see how the accident occurred. Investigators will especially look at whether such an accident could have been prevented in the first place and what sort of measures, if any, could have saved the life of this man. As they delve into the matter, it is hoped that they may be able to find conclusive evidence that can help future electrical workers.
In the meantime, this man’s death has created an empty hole in the lives of the many that knew and loved him. As they struggle through this loss, the surviving family may be relieved that they may be able to receive workers’ compensation death benefits on behalf of the man who was fatally injured on the job. From this, they may be able to pay for any final expenses as well as receive a credit for his lost income. In the meantime, it is hoped that the current investigations will help those working with electronics to keep safe in hazardous situations.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, “NC man killed in SC utility accident,” Sept. 7, 2012
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.