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Lack of protection, training leads to fatal industrial accident

A Missouri company that provides electrical chargers to various industries nationwide was recently found responsible for the death of a worker who was electrocuted. This tragic industrial accident left a young girl without a father and changed the dynamics of the man's surviving family forever. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says its electrical safety standard regulation is among the 10 OSHA standards that are repeatedly violated.

Diver dies in work accident when safety regulations are violated

Regardless of the industries in which Missouri workers are employed, safety hazards will be present. Employers in all industries must ensure their workers are protected by removing known hazards and following safety regulations at all times. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a company owner to disregard safety regulations with little or no consideration that it may lead to a work accident with devastating consequences.

Is work-related mental illness covered by workers' compensation?

Many Missouri workers suffer physical injuries while they are on duty, and it is the responsibility of employers to ensure no known safety hazards are present. Although not as common as physical injuries, a worker can suffer a work-related mental illness that may have severe financial consequences. Fortunately, psychological or mental illness is covered to some degree by workers' compensation as an occupational illness.

Disregarding safety regulations may be cause worker injuries

Missouri workers in industries such as construction, roofing and tree trimming are invariably exposed to electrical hazards. Employers must comply with the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Regular training must be provided to ensure workers remain vigilant when working with electricity. Many outdoor jobs take place in springtime, and the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative says company owners must assert safety procedures before tasks commence in order to avoid worker injuries.

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