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Pennsylvania man electrocuted on the job

A Pennsylvania worker was recently injured on the job. According to reports, the 49-year-old man was working on cleaning and doing maintenance on spike protection devices on a couple of ground transformers called snubbers. The power was supposed to be transferred from the primary snubber to an alternative snubber so the cleaning process could occur. However, reports say that the power to the facility was briefly lost and somehow in the process the worker was electrocuted.

Following the electrocution, the worker collapsed and stopped breathing. His co-workers performed CPR until emergency workers were able to get on the scene and help. Eventually paramedics were able to get the man's heart beating again before transferring him to the burn unit of a local hospital. His current condition is unknown.

Workplace accidents, like this one, can happen to any Pennsylvania employee. Sometimes things happen out of the blue and cannot be prevented, other times safety precautions are not being properly taken to prevent serious accidents. In either case, a job injury can be devastating to workers and their families.

Workers may have to spend days, weeks or months out of work while they recover from their workplace injuries. During this time, the workers will still need to pay their bills, feed their families and pay for their medical treatment. While insurance may cover some of these costs, many expenses may remain. This is where workers' compensation comes in. Workers' compensation can help to pay for the expenses caused by a workplace accident including medical costs, rehabilitation expenses and lost wages. However, this compensation may not be automatic and workers should know their rights to these benefits following a serious accident.

Source: NJ.com, "Worker's pulse stops after being shocked at Goldman Sachs in Bridgewater," Walter O'Brien, Nov. 26, 2013

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