Working in any construction job whether in the actual building process or on maintenance crews can have unique dangers. Often unseen forces are at work such as natural gas, or electricity that can greatly increase the severity of a work injury. Certain Wisconsin laws are in place to protect workers injured on the job.
In recent news, a worker at the very popular Mall of America has been injured. Full details regarding the injury were not mentioned in preliminary reports, however it is noted that the worker was taken to a nearby hospital for burns. The side effects of electric burns can run much further then skin deep. There may be lasting nerve damage and discomfort.
Power was restored to the nearly dozen affected stores by the power outage. It is unclear at this point what exactly caused the accident, and can sometimes be difficult to find the contributing factors in electrical faults. Construction accidents with injuries often affect not only the individual hurt, but also their family.
The injured worker may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. It is common with construction related injuries that the worker may not be able to return to work for an extended amount of time. Loss of income, medical bills, and personal suffering may all prolong the healing process if proper compensation is not sought. Wisconsin workers in related fields should be aware of the legal responsibilities of employers if such an accident were to occur on the job. Those suffering a work injury, or the surviving family of a worker killed on the job, may gain by seeking out informed representation in order to ensure that all benefits due are obtained and collected in a timely manner.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Mall of America worker hurt in electrical accident," Aug. 19, 2012