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Industrial accident results in fatal electrocution

Workers' compensation can prove crucial for Arizona employees injured on the job. But what about more serious incidents involving worker fatalities? While workers' comp cannot bring the deceased back to a grieving family, it can at least provide financial relief for those who have lost a family member in an industrial accident.

In another state, a worker was recently killed after an on-the-job accident. The employee was working on an inoperative conveyor belt by attempting to resupply power to the belt's motor. Although he had used a lock-out system to power off the line he was working with, the power wire was apparently still live when he spliced the wires to make the proper connections. Reports by the local sheriff's office indicate that the worker was electrocuted by the live wire he believed had been shut off.

Emergency personnel received a cardiac arrest call, and arrived to find the employee unresponsive on the ground. They attempted life-saving measures and rushed him to a nearby hospital, but tragically, he was pronounced dead later that evening. The investigation so far determined that the lock-out system the man was attempting to use had been affixed to the wrong circuit breaker and had shut off power to a different wire and not the one with which the now-deceased employee had been working.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified, and will be conducting its own inquiry into the incident. If OSHA determines any safety hazards or violations were violated, the company will likely face fines and citations. While this may mean a safer future work environment for other employees, it does nothing for the grieving family of the worker who perished in the industrial accident. Thankfully, an experienced Arizona attorney can help the family fight for the maximum amount of workers' compensation benefits, so that the grieving loved ones have one less thing to worry about in their time of mourning.

Source: dailyridge.com, "33 Year Old Man Killed In Industrial Accident At Florida Caribbean Distillers", June 22, 2017

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