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Work injury: Utility company worker suffers electrical shock

Owners of construction companies in California must comply with all the safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to the regulations, construction sites must be evaluated for safety hazards prior to project commencement. If a project includes underground work, utility companies typically must be approached to point out gas or electricity line locations to avoid a work injury.

OSHA is investigating a workplace accident in another state in which a worker suffered an electric shock. The worker was part of a crew employed by a utility company, and one would expect his employers to recognize the potential danger. He was digging a hole while other workers were busy with repairs on a water main that had been severed.

While digging, the worker reportedly nicked an underground electrical cable, causing him to suffer an electrical shock. A police officer who was present at the site alerted his office of the incident, and an ambulance was dispatched to the work site. The man remained conscious throughout, and he was taken to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries was not reported, though he was able to walk in order to enter the ambulance.

An investigation by OSHA will determine whether any safety violations led to this man's work injury. Medical expenses can be high, and compensation may be pursued by for on-the-job accidents in California and other states. By filing a benefit claim with the workers' compensation insurance fund, injured workers typically receive compensation for all expenses related to medical care, along with a financial package to cover a percentage of lost wages.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Construction Worker Hospitalized After Suffering Electrical Shock While Repairing Farmington Water Main: Police", Jessie Sawyer, Aug. 13, 2015

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