Most employers in California and across the country go to great lengths to protect workers on their premises. However, even experienced workers can ultimately become involved in a workplace accident despite following all safety measures. Unfortunately, a man in another state is now in the intensive care unit after he was reportedly injured while working on a boiler.
Emergency responders were reportedly called to an animal shelter at approximately 8 a.m. on a day in March. According to reports, a contractor was on the premises, working on a boiler when a malfunction occurred. Reports indicate that the worker was exposed to a chemical being used in the system.
The man reportedly called for help, and a staff member found him unconscious. A veterinarian who works at the animal shelter provided CPR until emergency responders arrived at the scene. A statement from a representative of the animal shelter indicates that the man was transported to the hospital but additional information about his current condition is unknown.
The incident remains under investigation, and reports indicate that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified. Because a workplace accident can happen even when workers and their employers strongly emphasize safety, states --including California -- require that worker's compensation insurance benefits be provided. Though these benefits can help with the costs of medical care and lost wages, many people feel unprepared to negotiate with the insurance company, especially while still recovering from their injuries. As such, they may choose to seek guidance from a professional with experience with such cases.