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Granada Hills: Electrocution Accident At Water Filtration Plant Injured Two Workers


Nov 14, 2018

Two Workers Seriously Burned Following Granada Hills Electrocution Accident At Water Filtration Plant

 GRANADA HILLS, CALIFORNIA (November 14, 2018) Two workers at a Los Angeles water filtration plant were injured in an electrocution accident.

Los Angeles police are saying that the two workers were seriously burned and transported to a hospital. The fire department is saying that the accident took place around 2:35 p.m.

A third worker may have been involved and he was taken to the hospital. There is no word yet on the extent of his injuries. There is an ongoing investigation into what may have caused the electrocution accident at the Granada Hills water filtration plant.

Avoiding Electrocution Accidents At Work

Water filtration plants can be very dangerous places to work. It’s important that all of the proper safety procedures are being met. OSHA has listed four different types of accidents that make up the majority of workplace injuries and deaths. The fatal four include (1) falls (2) being struck by objects (3) electrocutions and (4) caught in between accidents. Around 8.3% of workplace fatalities involve electricity. Here are just a few steps that can be taken in order to avoid electrocution accidents.

  • Employers should install ground fault  protection systems. Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) will automatically shut off electricity for an area if they detect an imbalance of electrical current.

  • It’s important that workers have adequate awareness of their surroundings. Workers should always maintain a safe distance from live wires and power lines. A number of accidents happen when a worker is in a boom lift and they are hoisted directly into power lines.

  • Lockout/Tagout Procedures can help workers stay safe as well. A qualified person should work to make sure that equipment and circuits are de-energized before a lockout/tagout.

Electrical accidents can cause fires, explosions and leave victims with lasting injuries. Some of the most common reasons for electrical accidents include faulty wiring and improper cord use. A Los Angeles burn injury lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case and let you know if you may be entitled to compensation.

Third Party Liability In Electrocution Accidents

Generally speaking, when a worker is injured in California they will be able to file a claim for worker’s compensation in order to get help with medical bills and lost wages. But often times, worker’s compensation does not adequately cover a worker that suffered catastrophic or serious injuries. Burn injuries, for example, can require numerous costly surgeries and multiple skin grafts. In many circumstances workers may also be able to file a third party liability claim.

Third party liability occurs when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributes to an accident. For example, if a company installed faulty wiring and this led to a worker being electrocuted they may face civil liability for the accident. A dual workers compensation plus third party liability claim can significantly improve a victim’s recovery. There are statutes of limitations associated with filing a claim so it’s important to act quickly.

Getting Help From A Burn Injury Attorney

We at West Coast Trial lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this Granada Hills electrocution accident. We hope that the water filtration company conducts a thorough investigation and takes steps to help keep its workers safe. There are so many effective measures of preventing electrocutions.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an electrocution accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys can help you and let you know what your rights are. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and have recovered over 1 billion for our clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. AP. 2 men burned at Los Angeles water and power facility. November 14, 2018
  2. Kendall Jones. Avoiding OSHA’s Fatal Four – Electrocution Hazards. 2018
  3. Lawrence Kamm.  Electrical Accident Liability.  2018

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