Construction Worker Killed in Freak Electrocution Accident
Work Compensation - September 2, 2014
Every year, approximately 1 in 5 workers who die on the job work in the construction industry. This caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate work accidents to gain a better understanding of what safety hazards are killing our builders.
The agency used that data to name the “fatal four,” or the top-four causes of death in the industry. Unsurprisingly, falls took the first spot. Struck-by-object accidents came in second. Electrocutions were third on the list, killing 66 workers in 2012, and caught-between accidents were the fourth most common.
For every one worker that dies on a construction accident, dozens more are injured. Injured workers often suffer permanent disabilities and are unable to continue working.
These victims may be able to rely on accident attorneys to help them find the compensation they need to pay for medical treatment and to help them replace their lost income. In some cases, this means filing for workers’ compensation; in others, a personal-injury lawsuit is more appropriate.
If you are looking for a construction accident lawyer in Chicago, contact us. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we are a team of hard-working accident attorneys who are committed to maximizing the compensation that our clients receive. To learn more about our firm, please call us at (800)-985-1819.
Worker Suffers Massive Electrocution While Laboring With Metal Straps
There is nothing quite as terrifying for a construction worker as working near exposed electrical wires. WTVR News reports that one worker died after accidentally touching power lines on a worksite. The 24-year-old was helping construct a home when the accident happened. At 10:30 a.m., a crane operator was preparing to move rafters onto the building, and the worker was securing the wood with metal straps when the accident occurred.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of the metal straps struck a power line overhead, which sent 14,400 volts of electricity through the man’s body. When paramedics arrived, they took over for a colleague who was desperately administering CPR. While en route to a hospital, the worker died in the ambulance.
The Man Worked With His Family
The worker, William Brice Seay, was following in his father’s footsteps. His father owned the construction company and was on-site when the accident happened.
According to reporters, several other family members work at the company, as well. The local police department described the incident as a tragic accident, but OSHA investigators will likely look into the matter, too.
OSHA investigates tragic construction accidents to determine whether or not a safety violation played a role. If so, the agency issues fines to the responsible party.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident in Chicago, we are here to support you as you seek compensation. Our work injury attorneys have a strong record of success in the courtroom, and we are proud to represent workers in the building trade. If you are interested in speaking with an Illinois construction accident lawyer about your case, please call (800)-985-1819.