A painter has died after he struck live wires while painting a power tower.
The man was working in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County on Monday afternoon.
First responders believe the man climbed to high while painting and touched live power wires causing him to be electrocuted.
His coworkers tried to reach him but could feel the electrical charges and were unable to safely help him. The man was left unconscious 75 feet in the air until the electricity could be shut off.
Penn Power and First Energy arrived at the scene to safely rescue the man, sadly he died to due his injuries.
The victim’s name has not been released, but he is said to have been working for a painting company out of Youngstown.
The incident is still under investigation.
Because the man was at work when the accident happened, the victim’s family may file a workers’ compensation claim. If there is a defect or any type of negligence found, the family may also file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the at fault party.
Although workers’ compensation will cover a workers’ medical bills and wage loss, it will not cover pain and suffering damages.
Pain and suffering, regarding a personal injury claim, refers to the pain, discomfort, anguish, inconvenience and emotional trauma that can come after an injury, whether to the victim or if deceased, their family.
For example, if a person was injured on the job due to defective machinery, you should be able to collect workers’ compensation from your employer but also pursue a claim against the company who manufactured the defective equipment that was responsible for your injury.
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