Injuries on the job can sometimes happen in unexpected ways. Rather than resulting from lack of safety precautions, many construction accidents in New York and across the country occur due to a simple mistake or perhaps equipment failure. A contractor was recently killed while doing what was considered "routine" electrical work.
Few details of the accident have been released. However, it is known that the man was performing routine electrical work at a local high school. This was being done as part of the district's capital improvement plan. It is currently unclear what exactly caused the worker's death.
Compliance inspectors from the local branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now investigating the incident. This type of investigation can take up to six months to complete. Both OSHA and the school district are working together to ensure that all future work done within the district is performed safely and is up to official standards.
Whenever a construction worker is injured on the job, he or she may choose to file for workers' compensation. Employers are required to provide insurance coverage for workers, which are available to those who are injured or become ill on the job. Similarly, surviving families of those killed in construction accidents may file for survivors' benefits. When these claims are successful, families may receive insurance coverage for medical bills, funeral costs and any other related expenses. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in such a way could consult experienced New York attorneys to obtain more information and assistance.
Source: wkbw.com, "Contractor dies following accident at Ken-Ton school building", Aug. 30, 2017