Utility and electrical work remains one of the more dangerous occupations in the United States, but things have been improving slowly for the last 20 years or so. Still, nearly 40 utility and electrical workers die in workplace accidents every year. If you have lost a loved one to a fatal workplace accident, you could be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim.
Employees in the utilities sector, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, work with the following services:
- Electric power: Includes generation, transmission, and distribution
- Natural gas: Includes distribution
- Steam supply: Includes provision and/or distribution
- Water supply: Includes treatment and distribution
- Sewage removal: Includes collection, treatment, and disposal of waste through sewer systems and sewage treatment facilities
If you are a utility worker whose suffered an injury on the job, do not attempt to negotiate any kind of settlement on your own. Get professional legal assistance before you sign anything. Speak with the compensation attorneys at Burg Simpson Wyoming by calling 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form here.
The leading causes of injuries to utility and electrical workers, include:
- Transportation incidents: Utility and electrical workers are at a much higher risk for car and truck accidents than a lot of other professions, especially if they are operating on underground lines, which they typically have to access through a roadway.
- Violence: Utility workers frequently face the threat – and reality – of physical assault by residents, bystanders, or even co-workers.
- Slips, trips, and falls: A lot of the repair work these utility workers perform is high above the ground, which can quickly turn a simple fall into a tragic event. This can become an even greater risk if the worker’s doing his job in inclement weather.
- Struck by object/equipment: Utility line workers frequently need to use heavy equipment to do their job.
- Exposure to harmful substances: Utility workers are frequently exposed to carbon monoxide from a running utility truck, as well as passing motorists.
- Caught between equipment: Electrical workers are constantly in danger of being crushed by or between objects and other parts of heavy equipment.
- Electrical exposure: These workers are exposed to electricity all the time as part of their job, putting them at high risk of contact with a live current.
- Musculoskeletal disorders: Utility workers are often subjected to awkward postures, repetitive motions, and constant vibration, all of which can contribute to musculoskeletal disorders.
If you are a utility line worker who is suffering from chronic pain because of the work you do, do not wait to reach out to one of the workers' compensation lawyers at Burg Simpson in Wyoming by calling 307-527-7891.
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Depending on the circumstances and type of injuries you have suffered, workers’ compensation insurance can provide:
- Ongoing compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for past and future economic loss
- Medical and therapeutic expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Benefits to the surviving family member of workers killed on the job
Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form today or call our lawyers in Cody, Wyoming at 307-527-7891 so we can evaluate your case.