Construction sites can cause serious accidents due to the various elements at play. When electricity is involved in a construction accident, the injuries can be life-threatening. Recently, a construction worker in Miami stopped breathing after he was jolted by an electrical shock.
The man fell to the ground and a co-worker attempted to help. When he touched the fallen man, he got shocked as well. A police officer arrived at the accident scene and performed CPR on the unconscious men until medical help could arrive. Both men were hospitalized and have survived so far, but their current conditions are unknown.
The accident happened on the afternoon of Feb. 21 near the intersection of Southwest 37th Avenue and Bird Road. The electrical shock was caused when the construction worker, who was using a boom, hit an electrical line.
After a construction site accident, an investigation is typically done by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the cause. Was the construction worker negligent for having the concrete boom near the power line or should the construction company have had some sort of safety precautions in place? The investigation will typically determine liability, which is important to know in case of a lawsuit.
If the company is held liable, the injured man could possibly sue for damages, including medical bills and lost wages. If the construction worker’s injuries were caused by his own negligence, he likely would receive little in a lawsuit. However, both men have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault. These benefits are modest, but they are helpful to those who are injured and off work.
Source: Local10.com, “Miami police officer saves construction worker’s life” Todd Tongen, Feb. 21, 2014