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Devastating workplace accidents like this are not soon forgotten

Many California residents make their livings in the plumbing industry. Those who work on commercial buildings often face safety risks on the job, especially if a particular job site is under construction at the time. When workplace accidents occur, causing serious injuries or death, those directly involved are not the only ones affected.

Entire communities often feel the emotional pain of a devastating workplace accident. One recent tragedy in another state involved three men said to be part of the same plumbing crew. On this particular day, they were trying to relocated a flagpole on the premises when a terrible mishap occurred.

As the men lifted the flagpole from its sleeve, a massive gust of wind blew, causing the pole to fall onto a nearby power line. A local fire department got a call around 9:30 a.m., informing rescuers of the situation. They responded to the scene to help the three critically injured workers. Responders say the flagpole hit a primary source of voltage, and power to the apartment complex where the men were working was cut so the men could be rescued.

All were transported to appropriate medical facilities in the region. Sadly, one of the three workers later succumbed to his injuries. The other two men survived, and were taken to a burn unit for specialized care. California workplace accidents typically lead to thorough investigations, often involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, who investigates to see if any safety violations occurred that may have been causal factors in a particular incident. Injured workers and their families may request assistance from workers' compensation attorneys regarding the claims process that typically follows such tragedies.

Source: heralddemocrat.com, "1 dead, 2 critically injured in construction accident at Sherman apartments", Alex Maxwell, May 3, 2017

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