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Jacksonville Company Faces Stiff Penalties Following Employee’s Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining a local Jacksonville company more than $200,000 after an employee was electrocuted on the job. The accident happened on Jacksonville’s west side when the worker was unloading steel from a tractor-trailer and struck some nearby power lines.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the company knew about the dangers of unloading near power lines, but did not take the necessary precautions to prevent the accident. One violation related to the worker’s death included preventing the cable lifting the steel from coming in contact with the power lines. Other violations included exposed wiring, improper employee training and improper inspections.

In Florida, workers compensation death benefits are extremely limited. Workers compensation insurance covers any on the job injury regardless of who was at fault for causing it. However, an employer is only responsible for paying the limited workers compensation benefits and cannot be sued for negligence. Because of this, it is important to investigate whether a company other than the employer may be at fault for the causing the workplace accident. The Lawrence Law Group can help you determine if someone other than the employer was at fault. If so, you may have a personal injury claim in addition to a workers compensation claim. Since the Lawrence Law Group handles both types of cases, we are able to pursue the two claims at the same time to get you the compensation you deserve. If the case involves a fatality, our attorneys have the expertise to pursue a wrongful death claim as well.

Written by Elizabeth Allen
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