Maryland man is electrocuted to death on the job

Whether falling out of a tree, getting hit by an unruly branch or other dangers, trimming trees is a hazardous job that exposes workers to a variety of dangers every single day they go to work. There are certain jobs like trimming trees that carry greater risks than other jobs. Knowing those risks, employers are required to ensure that workers are as safe as possible. In the wake of a recent death of a Maryland worker, his family and friends a probably wondering if his employer took all possible safety precautions to prevent the fatal incident.

Maryland State Police report a 28-year-old man trimming trees in Garrett County was electrocuted at about noon on a recent Monday. He was working for a tree-trimming company and was cutting trees on private property. He climbed up the tree to work on its limbs when he came in contact with a live overhead electrical line. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family of an employee killed on the job may bring a wrongful death claim against the worker's employer or employers under certain circumstances. The family can seek to recover their accident-related expenses as well as lost wages and pain and suffering from the employer. Injured workers and families of loved ones should proceed with legal advice because they may, in some circumstances, be prevented from bringing a law suit if they received workers' compensation benefits from the employer.

While a wrongful death suit will never bring back a loved one, it can help families through the healing process and to make up for the financial loss of an earner in the family. And sometimes the suit means that negligent parties are held responsible for their ineptitude and can help ensure that changes are made to prevent future accidents and death.

Source: Cumberland Times-News, "Oakland man dies in tree trimming accident," July 8, 2013

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