When there are potholes in the street, they must be repaired. If there is a streetlight that needs repair and replacement, that too must be handled. Workers who do these jobs might appear to be part of the landscape and passersby do not often realize how risky it is, but accidents happen and maintenance can be one of the most understated high risk occupations for people to do. When there is an accident, it can lead to injuries and death. Those who have been injured will have the right to workers’ compensation. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal work-related accident should know they may have the right to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to a recent report, a 30-year-old man was repairing a streetlight when he was killed in an accident. The man was reportedly electrocuted. Emergency personnel were called, he was taken to the hospital, but he died. The man worked for the city for a total of six years. First, he was a maintenance aide. He left for five years and returned as a maintenance worker. The light had been removed from its base and was being held by a truck as the investigation into the accident commenced. Joining local officials in the case is the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Any job can be dangerous, but there are certain types of employment that place workers in jeopardy every day. Law enforcement, firefighters, construction workers and others in physical jobs are notoriously vulnerable to being injured or losing their lives in an accident on the job. Included in dangerous jobs are city maintenance workers. Due to the proximity to live wires, electrical equipment, being in the road and other factors, they are susceptible to injuries and fatalities. People are never expecting to leave for work and not come home. When there is an accident and the death of a worker in the course of employment happens, the family will face the emotional impact as well as financial ramifications. A legal filing is frequently the only way to get sufficient compensation for what was lost.
The recent incident is still being investigated by multiple agencies. While this is happening, his family must make certain they are fully protected by a law firm that will look at the situation from their perspective and help them take the necessary steps to potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: modbee.com, “Modesto employee killed while working on streetlight,” Deke Farrow, April 9, 2018