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Construction worker severely burned in workplace accident

Employers in Arizona are responsible for protecting their employees from illness and injury. Unfortunately, many business owners fail to keep workers safe, often with devastating consequences. A recent workplace accident in Phoenix that left a worker with severe burn injuries underscored the opinion of some that profits are often the priority instead of worker safety.

Reportedly, despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's standards related to the hazards posed by overhead power lines, a worker was allowed to work on a scissor lift directly underneath the cables. Accidental contact occurred, and the worker was electrocuted. He suffered burn injuries over about half his body. Arrangements should be made with utility companies to de-energize power lines while workers have to work nearby.

The 26-year-old construction worker was rushed to a burn center by helicopter. He was in a critical condition, and his burn injuries were reported to be second and third degree. Reportedly, this accident followed just one day after a 70-year-old worker died in another work-related accident in Phoenix. An OSHA investigation will determine whether the electrical burns were caused by noncompliance with prescribed safety standards.

Anyone injured in a workplace accident in Arizona might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist with the claims process. Medical expenses and lost wages are typically covered, and in the event of a fatality, surviving family members can claim death benefits that will also cover end-of-life expenses. An attorney can help workers whose injuries caused permanent disabilities to obtain additional benefits under applicable state laws.

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