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Electrical worker suffers fatal workplace injuries

Working with electricity can be hazardous, and employers in Iowa and elsewhere must ensure compliance with all safety regulations when electrical repairs or installations are done. It is vital that only qualified electricians are tasked with these jobs, as the slightest error can cause severe workplace injuries that could even be fatal. A worker recently died while doing electrical work on a construction site at a university in another state.

The man was reportedly an employee of a subcontractor who did electrical work at the site at which a residence hall is being built as an addition to the university. No details about the circumstances of the accident were made available. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that the worker's death was caused by electrocution.

As the investigation into the fatality progresses, OSHA will likely focus on the safety protocols in place at the construction site and also by the employer of the deceased man. An OSHA spokesperson said they are still in the process of gathering information that might help them with the inquiry. The man who lost his life was 41 years old, and the company said he had been in its employ for 24 years.

Iowa families who have had to cope with the death of loved ones who suffered fatal workplace injuries may pursue assistance with the unanticipated expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. Death benefits claims may be filed with the state's workers' compensation insurance fund. To help dependents cope with financial obligations such as rent or mortgage payments along with day-to-day living expenses, the insurance program typically includes a financial package that is based on the deceased worker's income level.

Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Name released of local worker who died in accident at Shepherd University", Dan Dearth, July 13, 2016

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