A widow of an electrocuted welder filed a wrongful death lawsuit, on the second-year anniversary of death.
A 33-year-old welder was unexpectedly electrocuted while he was on-the-job at a recycling center in October 2014. He was assisting several other workers in replacing the metal roof of an electrical transformer substation. The man’s widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming 24 defendants.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for pain and suffering sustained by the man prior to his death and compensation for his family and next of kin who suffered financial and emotional damages as a result of his sudden death. It is further alleged that the man believed the electrical line, which caused his death, had been de-energized. In addition the tool used to test for a live line was roughly 15 years old and should have been taken out of service after two years as required.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) investigated the welder’s death and the company he worked for was cited for nine alleged safety violations that contributed to his death. Eight violations were rated as serious and one categorized as a repeated offense. The company was hit was a penalty of $115,000 subsequently negotiated down to $63,250. There were also three other serious violations for failing to train electrical workers in safe workplace practices.
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