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Negligent employer: Electrocution, 4th worker injury in 4 months

It is always unacceptable for employers to disregard safety regulations, but when four employees suffer on-the-job injuries in a four-month period, employees have reason to be concerned for their safety. Such reports may point to a negligent employer. The families of California workers should not have to fear for the safety of their loved ones while they are at work.

A wire and steel manufacturer in another state was recently investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the electrocution of a worker. During the investigation, it came to light that three previous worker injuries were not properly reported. One worker's fingers were injured when they became caught between the rollers of a machine on January 23. Another worker's glove got pulled into the rollers of a machine on February 8, causing injuries to his thumb and one finger.

Then, on April 13, a worker who was installing a guide rail suffered knee injuries. Only four days later, on April 17, a 42-year-old worker suffered a severe electrical shock while he was working on some equipment. He was rushed to a medical center but died within an hour. One of the citations OSHA issued was for the failure to properly keep track of employee injuries.

It was also stated that the negligent employer did not install barriers to protect workers from live electrical components, nor did they post safety signs to warn workers of the dangers. California families who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents may find comfort in knowing that they may pursue compensation for end-of-life expenses and lost income by claiming death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance fund. Injured workers are also eligible for compensation of medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages.

Source: dispatch.com, "South Side factory where worker electrocuted pays $17,000 penalty", Encarnacion Pyle, Aug. 5, 2015

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