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Pittsburgh worker electrocuted at renovation site

A worker was electrocuted at a Pittsburgh construction site where renovation was taking place. The worker was in a basement of a building where it is thought that he came into contact with a transformer. Other workers and paramedics were not able to assist him until the power to the building was shut off, and by that time the worker was found to be in cardiac arrest.

Local police detectives and representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating as to how this work related death occurred. The worker was 26-years of age.

It may take some time before it can be determined precisely how such an accident occurred. Officials will have to make a determination whether the place of employment was in violation of any federal or state statute, rules or codes, whether the employer had any safety protocol in place to prevent such a circumstances and whether such protocol was being followed, and whether the workers were even aware that dangerous conditions existed.

Attorneys experienced in dealing with worker related injuries and deaths may be able to conduct an independent investigation on behalf of injured workers and their family members. Such attorneys can also advise these same individuals concerning their options concerning obtaining of compensation for what did occur.

Obviously, there is a problem when a worker is electrocuted under any circumstance. This particular matter is only the more tragic because the worker was only 26-years old. Too often such accidents occur because of indifference to the safety of the worker. In any case, employers need to be held accountable for placing such workers at risk.

Source: The Tribune-Democrat, "Worker electrocuted at Pittsburgh renovation site," May 23, 2012

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