Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industry is investigating a Bellevue construction accident in which a TPC Construction employee was electrocuted on June 7.
The man was working at a construction site at 10600 block of Southeast 20th Street in the Enatai neighborhood when the electrocution accident occurred. The unidentified man, who was reported to be in in his 30s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he died a couple of days later.
No other details about the accident were provided.
Electrical injuries are some of the most common and serious types of construction accidents. Most construction workers are exposed to electrical energy while working. Electricians or linemen working for a power company are exposed to electrical injury hazards more than the average construction worker but even carpenters can suffer an electrical shock or serious burn when working with defective power tools or if they come in contact with a live wire. Some shocks can throw a person several feet and cause a fall injury.
Electrical injuries, if not fatal, often leave a worker with serious injuries. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue-based personal injury law firm, has seen injuries including neurological damage, severe burns, heart failure, shock and fractures as a result of an electrical accident.
Often, electrical injuries are caused by the negligence of the employers, the contractor or the site owner when Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations have been violated.
Workers who have suffered serious injuries in a Washington electrical accident may be eligible for compensation for their injuries under the state’s Worker’s Compensation laws. Workers can seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs.
When a worker dies as a result of a construction accident, their family may be entitled to file a civil claim for wrongful death. Washington’s wrongful death statute allows the spouse, children or parents of the deceased file a claim on behalf of their loved one.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in on-the-job accidents and the family of those killed.