When a Pittsburgh employee is injured on the job, that employee is entitled
to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits help individuals
pay for medical expenses and any lost wages that may result from a work-related accident.
Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen more often than we would like.
Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania iron worker suffered
electrocutionand burns when he came into contact with a 23,000-volt electrical line.
The worker is part of the construction team working on a bridge project
along the Beaver River in the eastern part of the state. He was apparently
standing on a barge in the river at the time of the accident. Located
next to the barge was a crane with a line extending down. It is still
unknown whether the shock came from an electrical arc or whether the crane
actually touched the wires, but the man suffered a serious shock when
he grabbed onto the power line.
A loud noise or a loud bang heard at the time of the accident indicated
that the wires at least gotten close enough to the crane to cause an arc
of electricity, even if there was no direct contact.
The injured worker was immediately taken to a local hospital and then air-lifted
to a Pittsburgh hospital. As usual in these types of accidents, the Occupational
Health and Safety Administration is investigating.
With all workplace accidents, it is important for the injured party to
immediately inform his or her employer of the situation. According to
Pennsylvania workers' compensation law, if the employee delays informing
his or her employer of the situation, it may limit the amount of benefits
the employee is able to recover.
Each workers' compensation claim is different in its own way, and workers
in the Pittsburgh area should be aware of how the specific details of
a workplace accident will factor into a workers' compensation claim.
Source: WTAE, "High-voltage line shocks worker on Beaver River bridge project,"
May 16, 2012