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Worker suffers fatal job site injury

A 45-year-old electrician recently died in an out-of-state industrial accident. The accident occurred on a recent Friday in April, officials said. When a Tennessee worker suffers a similar fatal job site injury, the family of the victim may choose to file for death benefits via a workers' compensation claim.

Co-workers discovered the electrician, who was unconscious at the time. However, when paramedics arrived at the site of the accident, the man was pronounced dead. He had been performing a tenant-improvement job at the time of the accident, according to the man's employer, Metropolitan Electrical Construction of San Francisco.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California is in the process of performing an investigation into this worker's death. The man apparently died from electrocution, Cal/OSHA said. The medical examiner recently conducted an autopsy on the deceased worker so that the exact manner and cause of his death might be determined. The results of this autopsy have yet to be released.

When a worker in the state of Tennessee suffers a fatal job site injury, the workers' compensation program can help to provide benefits to individuals who are both related to and financially dependent on the decedent. These death benefits are intended to compensate dependent family members for the loss of financial support incurred as a result of the accident, including end-of-life expenses like medical bills and burial costs. An experienced workers' compensation attorney is often consulted to assist the family with this process.

Source: sfgate.com, "Pleasanton electrician mourned after SF workplace accident", Kimberly Veklerov, May 2, 2016

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