When a worker is injured or killed in the workplace, it’s normal for the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate. It’s important for the agency to look into the incident to determine if workers have been trained correctly and to make sure employers are abiding by state regulations and laws.
Accidents happen, and in this case, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into an employer of an electrician who passed away on the job. According to the news from Feb. 8, the electrician was injured in a fire close to downtown Omaha in December 2016. He was injured at the local Sprint Communications building.
It’s unclear when the man died, but he was hospitalized on Dec. 13 following the fire. The 59-year-old man had been working as a contractor for the major phone-service provider, Sprint. An Omaha Police Department reported that the man had been burned and shocked when he was discovered inside the building in December.
The fire was contained in the building main electrical breaker, and workers at the scene were able to disclose the injured man’s location to firefighters when they arrived. The fire has been listed as accidental, but OSHA stated that it intends to investigate the employer, Electrical Testing.
For families of people who are killed on the job, there are options for compensation. It’s important to allow OSHA to review the situation to find out if any foul play or negligence played a role in a loved one’s death. If so, that may be an additional cause for legal action.
Source: Omaha World-Herald, “OSHA looks at employer of electrician who died,” Janice Podsada, Feb. 08, 2017