A worker was hospitalized after suffering injuries on the job from an electric shock he received while working on an air conditioning unit. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, firefighters responded to the scene the morning of September 22, 2011. The man, who was on the roof of a business at 3309 S. Bristol Street in Santa Ana had difficulty breathing after being shocked. The man, who was in his 40s or 50s, was alert and talking to paramedics as they treated him. He was transported to an area trauma center for treatment.
My heart goes out to the injured worker. I’m relieved to hear that he was not critically injured. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Statistics Involving Electrical Accidents
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, between the years of 1993 and 2003, 1,715 people were killed in workplace electrical accidents. Electrical workers were involved in 34 percent of all workplace electrocution fatalities. While 58 percent of fatal electrocution accidents involve electrical wiring and equipment, 34 percent involved contact with an overhead power line.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the worker was on the roof fixing an air conditioning unit when he suffered the electric shock. There are several questions here. Was this accident the result of a defective product? Was he alone on the roof? Had he been trained properly to fix this appliance? Was he provided with protective equipment to avoid injuries? Was he trained on how to be safe on the job? Did this incident occur due to negligence on the part of the property owner or some other individual or entity?
In such cases, the injured victims will be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits to help pay for medical expenses, hospital costs and loss of wages. Also, victims, depending on the circumstances of the incident, can file third party claims against individuals or entities other than the employer, whose negligence may have caused or contributed to the incident. An experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise workers and their families about their legal rights and options. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.