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Workers’ compensation covers both injuries and loss of life

It is comforting to know that workers’ compensation covers injuries you might sustain at work. Although it is not pleasant to think about, your family could also receive benefits in the event of your death.

An incident at a New Jersey medical center illustrates how quickly a tragedy can occur.

The light fixture accident

In June of 2016, the Jersey City Medical Center notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that one of the workers had to be hospitalized after an accident. The worker was on a ladder, changing the overhead ballast on a light fixture when he suffered an electrical shock. He fell off the ladder, a distance of six feet, was hospitalized and later died from his injuries.

OSHA findings

After concluding their investigation, OSHA cited the medical facility for four serious safety violations and one willful safety violation. As to the latter, the facility did not provide employees with lockout/tagout training. Therefore, the victim, like other employees, did not know the procedures that were necessary to disable equipment in order to prevent the release of hazardous energy. The facility received further citations for failing to ensure that only qualified individuals worked on live circuits and failing to provide appropriate personal protective equipment.

Eligibility for workers’ compensation

In the state of Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation provides medical and lost wages benefits as well as death benefits to the families of employees who die as a result of their work. For example, if you have suffered an injury, you only need to show that you were employed when the injury took place, that the injury related to your employment and that it occurred while you were working at your job. Keep in mind, too, that workers’ comp covers more than accidents like the electrical shock and ladder fall suffered by the New Jersey worker. Benefits are also provided if you develop an occupational illness or disease, or a repetitive motion problem. You may wish to reach out for legal assistance; an attorney experienced with work-related injuries can help to maximize the benefits you deserve.

 

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