There are various factors that could increase the dangers of the workplace. Construction sites are notorious for being full of dangers that could potentially cause a workplace injury resulting in an injured worker claim. Employer defense is one option that could help an employer minimize the financial damage caused by a claim filed by a worker hurt on the job in California.
One employer may have to deal with a potential workers compensation insurance claim following a fatal accident one morning in early September. The incident involved an electrician who was working at a construction site. The man had fallen from a five-foot platform. Apparently, the man was still holding onto a high voltage wire when he fell, according to reports released to the public by authorities.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and attempted to perform CPR on the man. The victim was then rushed to a local medical facility. However, despite the efforts of the medical staff, the man was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has also joined authorities in investigating the incident in order to determine what may have caused the accident.
This can be quite troublesome for the employer since OSHA may decide to issue citations if it decides that safety compliance was lacking at the work site. This is a possibility for any fatal workplace accidents in California, no matter which industry. However, with a proper employer defense strategy, a company will have the best chance of keeping liabilities and penalties to a minimum.
Source: cbslocal.com, “Electrician Dies In Workplace Accident”, Sept. 1, 2015