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Worker electrocuted at a Pittsburgh University

Carnie Mellon University in Pittsburgh was the location for what is thought to have been the fatal electrocution of a worker for the Eaton Electrical Company. According to the university, the deceased man was working in an electrical distribution room when what was described as an "industrial accident" happened.

As is typical whenever a worker's death occurs, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating in an attempt to preliminarily discover how the accident occurred. OSHA officials will speak to both officials at the university and at the electrical company to find out what is known about this occurrence. A spokesperson for OSHA said that the electrical company did not have any recent major safety violations.

There's always a possibility when an incident such as this occurs that no fault could be attributed to the employer or the location where the accident occurred. However, clearly an accurate determination as to what happened needs to be made so that any future incidents of this kind can be prevented.

Especially when it comes to workers performing duties regarding utilities or services that we all require, we want to make certain that the safety of the worker is taken into consideration before sending them off to perform a task. Workers are often asked to conduct unsafe tasks with very little choice in the matter. Sometimes poor maintenance contributes to these types of accidents, and at other times failure to take certain precautions can lead to injury or death.

Attorneys will represent workers and their families because they should not be made to suffer as a result of the carelessness of others. Anyone with questions about work-related injuries may find it helpful to consult with such a professional.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Worker's death at Carnegie Mellon University investigated," by Liz Navratil, Jan. 22, 2013

  • For information regarding work-related injuries and how such matters are handled by lawyers, please visit our Pennsylvania law firm's website.

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