Many different occupations involve facing hazards that could place a person’s life at risk. While there are precautions that can be taken in order the decrease the chance of a workplace accident, risks cannot be completely eliminated in every circumstance. As a result, states such as Illinois require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage in the event of an accident to ensure that workers and their families do not suffer as a result of the financial ramifications of an accident. One out-of-state family will likely qualify for such benefits after a fatal accident took the life of their loved one.

The accident happened in early May at Eastern Correctional Institution. Two employees of General Electric were facilitating an upgrade of electrical controls. A spokesperson for the company says that one worker received an electrical shock and passed away as a result of the injuries he suffered.

A second worker was also injured. That person’s condition is unclear. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration are conducting an investigation as a result of the incident. Investigators typically have up to six months to complete an investigation and issue a report.

Unfortunately, an investigation will likely do little to ease the burden that the families of the deceased man are experiencing. The injured man may also be facing hardships as he copes with medical expenses and lost wages. In some cases, those injured in a workplace accident are prevented from returning to work in the same capacity. Workers recovering from injuries suffered in an accident at work as well as family members of deceased victims are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, many people in Illinois choose to seek the guidance of an experienced professional to help ensure they are treated fairly by both the employer and insurance company.

Source: wtop.com, “Worker electrocuted in industrial accident at Md. prison”, May 7, 2015